When it comes to home disasters, children are most likely to experience a fire. Preparedness and planning saves lives, but many families have never developed or practiced a home fire escape plan. I know what you are thinking: ‘The chances of my house catching on fire are remote. House fires only happen on the news. To other people.’ That’s what I thought, too, until my husband and I stood shivering in the snow while firefighters crashed through our burning home and reporters buzzed around. A brand new lamp shorted out while we were at work, turning our bedroom into an inferno that blasted out our windows. Energized by gulps of air, it proceeded to lick its way toward the roof.
Break and enters, car prowling, and stolen vehicles are most often crimes of opportunity. In an ideal world, forgetting to lock a door or to close a window is just that. In today’s reality, it’s common for thieves to take advantage of those forgetful moments, which can result in very real consequences for unwitting citizens. Luckily, there are some steps you can take to prevent yourself from being targeted.
There’s nothing more beautiful and peaceful than a sleeping baby, and babies spend a lot of their time sleeping. That’s why it’s important to follow safe sleep practices to help lower the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and other sleep-related injuries and deaths in your baby’s first year.
Kids and backpacks just seem to go together. Whether sending kids off to school, to a sporting event, or for a sleepover with a friend, chances are they are bringing a backpack with them. But carrying an heavy load unevenly or improperly can result in poor posture and even distort the spinal column, causing muscle strain, headaches, neck and arm pain, and even nerve damage. More than 50 per cent of young people experience at least one episode of low back pain by their teenage years.
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