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Dr. Lipoff: Kid Safety at Home.
By Dr. Jay Lipoff
“The free expression of the hopes and aspirations of a people is the greatest and only safety in a sane society.” – Emma Goldman
After last week’s Halloween Safety article I received several emails from companies or organizations involved with safety issues. They asked me to write something regarding their message and I thought, “Have I become the voice of safety or something?”
Well I thought about it and providing information to save a life, like from my CPR article, isn’t a bad idea, so why not?
So to add to my Halloween Safety article from last week, Matthew Pelletier,
Director of Public Relations Compliance and Safety LLC, wanted me to add a link to more Halloween Safety ideas supported by statistics. Please check out this website, http://complianceandsafety.com/safety-tips/halloween-safety-tips.php, and keep your little Trick or Treat’ers safe.
Some of you may have seen the recent story that was on the news about a young boy who pulled the family TV down and killed himself at the age of five.
The Center for Injury Research and Policy of The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital reported their findings from 1990-2007 regarding furniture tip-overs and children 18 years old and under. They discovered almost 15,000 children each year sustained injuries and were taken to the emergency room from furniture items tipping over on them.
A few of us may think, well it won’t happen to me, but let me tell you a story too close to my home.
I was headed out the front door and off to work one morning when I heard a huge crash. That was followed by my son’s screaming. My wife ran from the bedroom and I launched my laptop bag and flew upstairs. There before us was our 30 pound son, in one piece, standing in front of his 150 plus pound dresser that was face-down and smashed on the floor.
Apparently he decided to get a pair of jammies by himself and climbed up. Thinking of what could have happened is pretty scary. When we moved to our new house, tethering the dressers and desks just didn’t rank high on the priority list of everything that needed to be done and was forgotten.
You can purchase these kits, which consist of a plastic tie and two attachments: one for the wall and another for the furniture. The attachments are screwed into the wall and the furniture. The tie goes through both attachments and then you pull the tie tight to secure the furniture to the wall.
The other common safety items to keep your loved ones safe are the outlet protectors, door knob covers that prevent most guests from escaping as well, stove knob covers and non-slip liners for beneath carpets. Also evaluate your stairs and railings, any gates you have, things to climb on and corners of tables, counters and desks. You could also consider a pool alarm that will sound if something over 18 lbs. falls in. I know I turn my head sometimes and the kids are flirting with trouble.
The reason I decided to write about kid safety was not from the terrible story I mentioned above but because I was contacted by David Mastroieni from the Window Covering Safety Council. He wrote to me due to his concern for parents understanding the dangers of kids playing with window blind cords and getting injured, as it is a top five hidden hazard within your home. The Baynet had an article in July regarding the tragic story of a little girl’s death due to hanging herself on a window blind. http://www.thebaynet.com/news/index.cfm/fa/viewstory/story_ID/28638
In our old rental house we bought plastic wall hooks so we could wrap the blind cords around them well out of the reach of our children. If you like your current window treatments but want to change the cord so it isn’t a potential problem they can be retrofit.
Mr. Mastroieni recommends the following:
- Install only cordless window coverings in homes with young children. Replace window blinds, corded shades and draperies with today’s safer products.
- Move all cribs, beds, furniture and toys away from windows and window cords, preferably to another wall.
- Keep all window pull cords and inner lift cords out of the reach of children. Make sure that tasseled pull cords are short and continuous-loop cords are permanently anchored to the floor or wall. Make sure cord stops are properly installed and adjusted to limit movement of inner lift cords.
- For more information on window covering safety and to order free retrofit kits please visit www.windowcoverings.org.
I use the same precaution with cords to my treadmill and stereo. I unplug them and remove the cord from their reach. It is an inconvenience but not as much as having your child in the hospital or worse.
Also, did you know October is an awareness month for many things? For starters, it is Breast Cancer Awareness month. Approximately 200,000 women will be diagnosed with breast Cancer this year. This is a wonderful time to wear your pink ribbon, raise money, show support, honor a loved one or celebrate kickin’ Cancer’s butt.
There was just a huge Breast Cancer Awareness Walk on October 7th that started in the Wildewood Shopping Center and was a huge success. I anticipate greater success in the future and will be encouraging my fellow business owners in Wildewood to help make it more fun and exciting.
October is also Chiropractic Awareness Month. Everyone has a spine that protects their spinal cord and nerves, and is involved with every moment they make. That’s why professional sports rely on Doctors of Chiropractic to care for these elite athletes. This keeps their muscles and bones moving to decrease any damage and stress that can occur from being imbalanced, thus keeping them healthy and contributing to the team’s success.
Around only 10% percent of the population takes care of their spine but almost everyone takes care of their teeth. Heck all they do is chew food three to five times a day and keep your tongue from hanging out of your mouth like a Saint Bernard. Just because you can’t see the spine doesn’t mean you should ignore it. You wouldn’t ignore a dashboard light in your car would you?
The spine can be the culprit causing your headaches, sciatica, neck and back pain and much more. Around 80 million Americans will complain of back pain and 20 million headaches this year alone. October isn’t the only time to see the doc. We work year round.
It is also National Domestic Violence and Bullying Prevention Awareness Month. Treat each other with respect. No one should live in fear or be hit by another person. Adults can step outside to cool down before acting or seek a professional counselor to help you work through difficult times.
Kids if there is a problem at school, tell your parents and the teachers. Approximately 25 percent to almost 40 percent of teens are being bullied in our country. What the hell is wrong with us? The internet has also been a faceless avenue to bully kids and also can lead to terrible outcomes. Adults need to listen because this is a reason kids have come to school with really bad intentions.
T-Bone and Heather from 98.3 FM were discussing this topic Tuesday and I agree with Heather. You can only take crap for so long, because they will continue to pick on you. If the teachers aren’t helping you, you may have to pop the offender right in the kisser. Sometimes the bully isn’t as tough as they portray themselves to be. You may even become friends after.
We should be a country that works together and cares for each other all the time, not just when tragedy strikes. We are all trying to find a way to live and make our lives better.
In fact a friend’s daughter sat down to have lunch at a table in her new middle school and was told by some girls that they hated her because she dressed differently and didn’t ask to sit there. Really? Who are these kids’ parents and what are these kids being taught? No one is better than anyone else. We all put our pants on the same way. So be kind to one another.
Remember, Halloween night there is a safe place to Trick or Treat at the Hollywood Volunteer Fire Dept. from 5 – 9 pm and Wildewood Shopping Center from 5 – 7 pm.
These topics come from my book, “Back At Your Best; Balancing the Demands of Life With the Needs of Your Body.” It is available in book and Kindle format at Amazon, www.BAYBBook.com and at my office.
Thank you to everyone who has email questions. If you have any topics you would like me to cover, any type of personal health concerns or questions, feel free to email me at DrJay@BackAtYourBest.com. I will answer them in private or in this section in a week or two.
Dr. Jay M. Lipoff is the owner of Back At Your Best Chiropractic & Physical Therapy, LLC, which is located in the Wildewood Shopping Center. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from Syracuse University in 1990, a Doctorate of Chiropractic (D.C.) from New York Chiropractic College (NYCC) in 1994 and he became a Certified Fitness Trainer (CFT) in 2005.
Dr. Lipoff is an Executive Board Member, International Chiropractic Association Council on Fitness and Sports Health Science; has a radio segment: Back At Your Best in 5 Minutes or Less, Co-Founder, Drug Free Training USA; Member, NY Strength-promoting the importance of physical conditioning; Board Member of Public Relations Committee, Maryland Chiropractic Association; has spoke on nationally broadcasted radio interviews, has articles in print and referenced in over 100 print papers, magazine and on websites, President, Wildewood Business Network-promoting better business relations and community outreach.
For more information, go to www.BackAtYourBest.com or find us on facebook or call 301-863-BEST (2378).
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