April 7-13th is National Window Safety Week. Take some time to read the tips below and keep your family safe.
- Windows are a secondary escape route in case of fire. Create an escape plan and practice with your kids so that they know what to do in an emergency.
- Do not install window air-conditioner units in windows used in your emergency escape plan.
- Check to ensure your windows are not painted or nailed shut.
- Keep all closed windows locked, especially when children are around.
- Move all furniture, including beds, away from windows so children aren’t temped to climb onto windowsills.
- If you have double-hung windows, open them from the top rather than the bottom.
- Install window guards in your windows to prevent children from falling out. They are easy to install and are available at most hardware stores. Be sure to choose a model with an emergency release in case of fire.
- Do not rely on screens, they let air in and keep bugs out, but do not protect children from falling.
- If you are on a lower level, consider planting shrubs or soft grass below windows in case a fall occurs. The softer material will help to reduce the impact.
- Most importantly, supervision is the best way to prevent falls. Keep a close eye on your children and read these additional tips for families with young kids.
Pick a Pumpkin from Massachusetts This October posted on Oct 8
This is a guest blog post from the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR), written by Julia Grimaldi. The pumpkin may be the quintessential symbol of fall in Massachusetts. New Englanders associate the squash with a change in temperature, shorter days, and Halloween. When fall …Continue Reading Pick a Pumpkin from Massachusetts This October
What Is the Abused Person’s Notice of Rights? posted on Oct 7
Domestic abuse can be sexual, physical, and emotional, and affects people of all ages and backgrounds. If you or someone you know is in an abusive relationship, you aren’t alone. October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. A 2010 report on intimate partner violence by the …Continue Reading What Is the Abused Person’s Notice of Rights?
How to Help Prevent Bullying posted on Oct 6
In 2013, 16.6 percent of high school students in Massachusetts experienced bullying on school property, according to the Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Bullying can happen at school, on the bus, in your neighborhood, or …Continue Reading How to Help Prevent Bullying