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Wednesday, October 5, 2011

September 27th Meeting

We had the pleasure of listening to a few local firemen share ways to keep our families and kids safe. Thanks to Stephany for condensing all of the great information in her notes! Only one thing I would add. Prayer! Keep talking to God through each step!!

From Stephany: Here are a few reminders of some of the things we talked about at last Tuesdays meeting.

Fire Safety

  • Do not go back inside a house with a fire to “rescue” other family member, pets, toys, etc
  • Have an escape plan and practice it with your children
  • Do not keep space heaters in a child’s room
  • Children (especially boys!) are curious about fire. Make sure to keep matches, candles, etc. in a safe location

Burns

  • Ice does not heal a burn
  • Do not put water on a chemical burn
  • Keep burns clean and dry
  • Ointments can attract dirt, better to leave off
  • Cleaning solutions can cause burns, internally in the airways and lungs. Keep children away and rooms ventilated when using them
  • If severe, call your doctor or 911. A paramedic will be able to identify the burn and know how to proceed.

Choking

  • Call 911 if they are not breathing. Give them your info and then hang up if you need to help your child, or keep the phone close while you help your child
  • Don’t hit them on the back
  • Give chest compressions to dislodge what they are choking on
  • If they are crying or coughing, they are getting oxygen.
  • Take them to the doctor or the emergency room if you think there is something still stuck

Head Injuries (what to watch for)

  • Fixed pupils
  • Vomiting
  • Sleepiness
  • Weird behavior
  • If you notice any of these things, take them to your doctor or the emergency room

Basic Safety Tips for Children

  • Make sure children know their address, phone number, and 911
  • Try to make your home as safe as possible
  • Have covers for outlets, sump pumps
  • Cut off or tie up window blind strings
  • Attach dressers and bookshelves to the wall

Contact the Red Cross if you’d like to take a CPR class.

The most important tip from the morning……Don’t be afraid to CALL 911!!!!! The sooner you call, the sooner professionals can be there to help!

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