Safe Sound Family’s Weekly Roundup (January 11)

by Erin Raub | Last Updated Feb. 2nd, 2013

Kids on NYC subway

Do you think 8-year-olds should ride the NYC subway solo?

January seems to have moved on from the holiday season, and put on its formal clothes to start the new year with some serious business. This week, we were treated to family-friendly safety tips and other news, so we’ll get right into it:

Space Heaters and Your Baby

If you use a portable heater to boost the temperature of a room or keep your tootsies toasty, read the latest from Consumer Reports on how to keep babies safe around space heaters. This sound advice is based on basic safety precautions, like only place your heater on the floor, but the reminder is timely as we head into the coldest months of the year.

babies and space heaters

If you have a baby, this is the season for space heater safety.

Video Security to the Rescue

This one’s from a few weeks ago, but somehow I’m just reading of it. For me, the story instills one part righteous fury, two parts justified satisfaction. In mid-December, as the gift-giving season ramped up, a Texas couple received delivery confirmation that a new iPad Mini had been delivered to their home. The problem: when they got home, the tablet was nowhere to be found. Luckily for them, they have a video surveillance system installed and their front-door camera had caught the culprit: a seasonal UPS driver had stolen their iPad mini. Long story short, the thief was brought to justice and the couple’s foresight saved them $329 – and a lot of worry during the holidays.

Biggest Recalls of 2012 (Check Which Ones You Own!)

2012 was a tough year for consumer goods, with 59 million individual products recalled last year. WeMakeItSafer rounded up the 10 biggest product recalls of 2012, several of which could apply to your family and specifically your children. On the list: the popular Bumbo Infant Seat, Mother’s Touch Baby Bathers, Kennedy Home Collection Folding Step Stools, Safety 1st Push ‘N Snap Cabinet Locks, and Cryofreeze Ice/Hot and Arctic Zone Ice Gel Packs. Be safe!

bumbo recall

Was one of your favorite products recalled in 2012?

Should 8-Year-Olds Ride the NYC Subway?

This week, NYC parents prepared for a possible school bus strike – and the city responded with a controversial solution: If a strike occurs, New York will issue free subway passes to children aged 8 and up. This incited outcry from many anxious parents, but Lenore at Free Range Kids chimed in with a minority opinion. She stated that some 8-year-olds really can be trusted to take the subway alone, and I do appreciate her point of view on this one. She doesn’t take a one-size-fits-all approach, but she does opine that the city isn’t crazy for this proposal. I love her emphasis on trusting your children, not implicitly but as a parent – you know your kids better than anyone, so you’ll know whether they’re safe to ride solo. If you’re not comfortable, bear in the mind that the city will also offer free passes to parents, so you can ride with your kids or shadow them to be sure they’re safe on their own. What do you think?

Child Safety in 2013

Marianne from the Child Safety Blog offers 7 tips for keeping your kids safe in 2013. I really appreciate her practical advice – take the trash out regularly to double-down on kid safety – and the fact that she brings up some topics that don’t always pop to mind immediately. For example, you probably bundle your kids up tight (but not too tight) but you may not think to slather them in sunblock. Winter rays reflecting off the snow are strong!

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