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Choosing the Right Car Seat!

Choosing the Right Car Seat! posted on Sep 9

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), reports that 3 out of every 4 car seats are used incorrectly. Choosing the right car seat can be overwhelming. There are many models to choose from, such as convertible and “all-in-one” or “3-in-1,” forward-facing, rear-facing, and booster   …Continue Reading Choosing the Right Car Seat!

Back-to-School Immunizations!

Back-to-School Immunizations! posted on Aug 8

  It may be hard to think about, but fall is right around the corner – and with it, the start of another school year! Whether your child is just entering preschool/kindergarten or a seasoned pro heading back to the classroom, there are lots of   …Continue Reading Back-to-School Immunizations!

Water Safety: Simple Steps to Preventing Child Drownings!

Water Safety: Simple Steps to Preventing Child Drownings! posted on Jul 14

Summers in New England tend to be short— which is why we do our best to enjoy them! Staying cool by going for a swim at the pool or beach is a great way to enjoy the summer weather. However, a day at the pool   …Continue Reading Water Safety: Simple Steps to Preventing Child Drownings!

Kids Can’t Fly!  Learn about Window Safety

Kids Can’t Fly! Learn about Window Safety posted on Jun 17

  As warmer weather finally arrives and windows are opened to let the breeze in, we often hear the grim news that another child has fallen out of a window to an untimely death or sustained serious injuries from a fall. The leading cause of   …Continue Reading Kids Can’t Fly! Learn about Window Safety

Lead Ed: Learn How to Prevent Childhood Lead Poisoning

Lead Ed: Learn How to Prevent Childhood Lead Poisoning posted on May 12

Lead poisoning can delay a child’s ability to learn, play, and live a healthy life.  If inhaled or swallowed, lead and lead dust can hurt the brain, kidneys, and central nervous system resulting in developmental and behavioral problems, and even death.  In the United States,   …Continue Reading Lead Ed: Learn How to Prevent Childhood Lead Poisoning

Shopping Cart Safety: Learn to Prevent Kids from Falling!

Shopping Cart Safety: Learn to Prevent Kids from Falling! posted on Mar 11

Did you know that each year an average of 24,000 children end up in the emergency department due to injuries and falls from shopping carts?  A recent study found that between 1990 and 2011, more than 530,000 children visited the emergency department for a shopping   …Continue Reading Shopping Cart Safety: Learn to Prevent Kids from Falling!

Go Smoke Free in 2014!

Go Smoke Free in 2014! posted on Jan 14

New Year’s is a perfect time to set goals that aim at improving your physical and mental well-being. Adopting a healthy behavior can be a great way to start the year! Most people know that smoking causes cancer, heart disease, and other major health problems.   …Continue Reading Go Smoke Free in 2014!

Home Heating Safety

Home Heating Safety posted on Dec 17

New England winters are among the coldest in the country. Keeping warm during winter is essential to Massachusetts families’ comfort and well-being; but with keeping your family warm, also comes the responsibility of keeping your family safe. State safety agencies recommend families follow these safety   …Continue Reading Home Heating Safety

Encouraging Young Readers

Encouraging Young Readers posted on Nov 12

Each year, Massachusetts celebrates Family Literacy Month to honor parents, teachers, schools and communities for their efforts in making Massachusetts children skilled and enthusiastic readers.  During this celebration many schools, libraries and learning centers statewide offer activities such as family book nights, storytelling and sing-alongs.   …Continue Reading Encouraging Young Readers

Halloween Safety Tips!

Halloween Safety Tips! posted on Oct 24

Trick or treat! It’s that time of the year again, when kids hit the streets in their spookiest costumes in search of sweet goodies and holiday fun. Halloween can be a stressful time for parents, as we worry about our children’s safety. Whether your child   …Continue Reading Halloween Safety Tips!