Posted on 12/1/2017 3:00 AM By Florida Peninsula Insurance Company
There are millions of toys in the market for children. Each year, we see new trends right in time for the holiday season. But you must remember, but because they are popular, doesn’t make them safe. Each year, hundreds of kids are treated in hospital emergency departments for toy-related injuries. Here are some general guidelines to keep in mind when shopping for toys this year:
Toys made of fabric should be labeled as flame resistant or flame retardant.
Stuffed toys should be washable.
Painted toys should be covered with lead-free paint to avoid consumption if your child chews on it or it begins to chip.
Be sure to purchase art materials which are non-toxic.
Crayons and paints should say ASTM D-4236 on the package, which means they've been evaluated by the American Society for Testing and Materials.
Avoid older toys & hand me downs from friends and family. Apart from germs, these toys may not meet the current safety standards and may be ...
Posted on 11/1/2017 4:27 PM By Florida Peninsula Insurance Company
When it comes to fire safety, younger children need to be taught differently, based on their ways of thinking. Unsurprisingly, many children are fascinated with fire, and providing a fire safety lesson a must. Here are a few points to include in your lesson:
Teach kids never to play with matches, lighters or fireworks/sparklers: These things must always be supervised by an adult. It is important they know playing with these items can be dangerous and cause devastating loss to property and even people.
Make them aware of fire alarms: By pushing the “test” button on your fire alarm, your children will be aware of what your home’s fire alarm sounds like, and how to respond to one when there’s really a fire. Teach them to get low and get out. A child who is coached properly ahead of time will have a better chance to be safe.
Create a family plan: Practice drills with your children and help them remember what to do as a family if there were to ever be a fire ...