Category: Safety Concerns

19 Oct 2017
Top Tips for Trick-or-Treating Safety This Halloween

Safety Essentials for Trick-or-Treaters This Halloween

Parents, it’s time for some last-minute Halloween safety prep! 

Kids love Halloween night with the free candy, dressing up in costumes, and enjoying a night with their friends, it’s easy enough to forget about precautions. Safety measures often fall by the wayside during the midst of selecting a costume, trick-or-treating, and enjoying sweets! However, parents, while Halloween is all fun and games, you don’t want to end up with a mishap or kid catastrophe on the night.

Parents, ensure the safety of your children with these safety steps:

  • Opt for face paints: Masks can obstruct your child’s breathing, and make it hard to see oncoming traffic or backing up vehicles. Choose non-toxic face paints instead.
  • Fitting costume: Choose a bright colored costume to make your child more visible in the dark, that there is no dragging material that could cause trips, and that all props are flexible and soft!
  • Illuminate the way: Add reflective tape to their bag or costume, and insist that your child carry a flashlight during the dark night. Add caution tape around the flashlight handle so that it fits with their costume!
  • Adult advisory: Any child under 12 should be accompanied by an adult whilst trick-or-treating. If your child is over 12 years of age, establish a pre-planned walking route and a curfew.
  • Walk the talk: Remind your child of road safety like looking left, right, left again before crossing the street, walking on sidewalks at all times, and crossing busy roads as designated crosswalks only.
  • Candy police: Inspect all candy before allowing your children to eat it. If your child is particularly excited, unwrap a few sweets for them so that they don’t choke on the casing.

CAV Insurance wish your and your family a safe and happy Halloween night! For all of your personal and commercial needs in Wellesley Hills and neighboring cities in Massachusetts, contact us today.

14 Jan 2013

Fire Safety Tips for Kids and Adults

Fire Safety Tips for Kids and Adults

  • Make sure all family members know how to dial 911 in case of an emergency.
  • Have at least two exits from every room in your home. Invest in fire escape ladders for upstairs bedrooms.
  • Go through a practice drill every six months. With the whole family, practice what to do in a fire emergency.
  • Assign a tree or other landmark where family members can meet after they escape the burning house.
  • Teach children to never go back in the house.
  • Train children not to hide from fire under beds, in closets or other places where rescuers cannot easily find them.
09 Jan 2013

Child-proof Your Home

Every year, thousands of children are injured needlessly in preventable home accidents. Child-proof your home and make it a safer place for everyone.

  • If your child is under age three, turn a yardstick on end to create an imaginary line around your house, yard and garage; everything below the yard mark should be child-safe.
  • Purchase plastic safety plugs to reduce shock hazard of electrical outlets.
  • Store all household chemicals out of the reach of children. This includes detergents, cleaning products and cosmetics, as well as commonly recognized hazards such as medicines, pest killers and liquid fuel.
  • Keep household chemicals, including cleaning products, in their original packages. Don’t store them in cups, soft-drink bottles, cans or bowls that children might associate with eating and drinking.
  • To product your child from scalds, reduce the temperature of your hot water to between 120 and 130 degrees Fahrenheit by turning down the control of your water heater.
  • Always turn pot handles away from the edge of the range.
  • Install nylon netting across deck, porch and balcony railings to prevent kids from squeezing through or getting trapped.
  • Since windows may be opened or merely screened, install steel window guards inside the frames to prevent falls.
  • Keep adult sporting goods, such as archery sets, dart sets and hunting knives, in locked cabinets.
  • Store guns unloaded and locked up, out of reach. Store ammunition in a separate locked location.
  • Install bump guards on furniture and appliances that have sharp edges.
  • Check to see if your household and garden plants are poisonous. Ask your physician or poison control center.
03 Nov 2010

Best Bets for kids’ car boosters from Insurance Institute for Highway Safety

Researchers at the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) assessed 72 kids’ booster seats to check for the ones that offer a good fit, one of the most important safety criteria. They designated 21 booster models as “Best Bets” and 7 as “Good Bets.” That’s a marked improvement over last year’s list, when only 9 models earned the highest grades. They have also rated 8 models as “not recommended.” See the full list: 2010 IIHS Booster Evaluation Ratings.

These ratings are important because they offer guidance on fit. While there are other tests and ratings for boosters – such as crash performance tests and ease of use – there are none that address fit. IIHS says, “Belts do the main job of keeping kids in boosters safe in crashes, but belts along with vehicle seats are designed for adults, not children, so it’s important for boosters to lift kids into position for lap/shoulder belts to provide proper restraint. Children 4-8 who ride in boosters are 45 percent less likely to sustain injuries in crashes than children restrained by belts alone.”