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Be Safe on Scooters
Dispelling the Myths
Disposable nappies linked
exposure linked to cancer in children
Bidis Banned in
- Burger King Pokémon Ball
Make the World Safe for
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Be Safe on Scooters
One of the big things on kids' holiday gift lists this year was the
sleek silver foot scooter that's become so popular. But with the
scooter comes this warning to parents" It can be dangerous if
ridden improperly or used without protective gear, similar to
bicycles, skateboards, skates and anything else with wheels. Anyone
who rides them should wear a helmet, wrist guards and protective pads
on the elbows and knees. The Consumer Product Safety Commission
reports in August, 00 that more than 9,500 Americans to emergency
rooms in the first half of 2000 - most of them children. It also said
that nearly two-thirds of the injuries could have been prevented or
lessened if the riders had been wearing protective equipment.
Ride Safely and Legally:
- Wear protective gear
- Keep to trails where there are no cars.
- Stay in the bicycle lane if you have to share the road with
- Wear bright colors or reflective stripes.
- Avoid riding at night.
- Keep a lookout for obstacles in your path
- Ride with traffic and be aware of traffic around you
- Learn the rules of the road and obey traffic laws.
- Make sure you know how to stop on your scooter, skates, or
It's also important to make sure your child is old enough and
mature enough to go off on a scooter on his or her own.
Motorized Scooters: Electric and gasoline-powered foot
scooters are even more dangerous, as they can reach speeds of up to
20 mph. Powered scooters cannot legally be ridden in California by
anyone younger than 16. California law also stats that the rider of
any motorized scooter must:
- Not ride on sidewalks
- Not exceed 15 mph
- Not carry a passenger.
- Not be under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Not ride at night unless the scooter or operator is equipped
with authorized lamps and reflectors.
- Confine riding to bike paths, bike lanes, or streets with a
posted speed limit of 25 mph or slower.
Dispelling the Myths
The National Mental Health Awareness Campaign is dedicated to
reducing the stigma associated with mental illnesses of all kinds in
America. Fear and shame thrive in dark corners. What follows are some
very popular myths, along with the facts to debunk them. Our purpose
here is to shed some light -- and urge people to seek treatment.
MORE ON MYTHS
linked to infertility (10/26/00)
Disposable, plastic-lined nappies significantly increase scrotal
temperatures and might be affecting future fertility. Thats the
conclusion of a recent German study which measured the scrotal
temperatures of 48 healthy boys aged 0-55 months. Temperatures were
about one degree Centigrade higher when boys wore the disposable
nappies compared to the old-fashioned cotton nappies. The study
suggests that further research is needed to establish whether this
affects future fertility but it is already known that warming the
testicles in adults affects sperm production. If there is a link
between disposable nappies and adult sperm production, this could
help explain the decline in sperm counts and semen quality over the
past 50 years.
linked to cancer in children
Additional evidence that pesticide exposure may increase a child's
risk of cancer has been found by researchers. However, the
investigators point out that the vast number of pesticides--including
home insecticides, garden sprays and routine use of
exterminators--make it difficult to identify which pesticides might
be responsible for the link. www.he!althcentral.com/news/newsfulltext.cfm?ID=45211&src=n49
Bidis Banned in
Illinois has become the first state in the nation to ban the sale of
bidi cigarettes, tiny, hand-rolled, flavored cigarettes, which are
popular among young teens. "Bidi cigarettes resemble marijuana
joints, which may influence their popularity," said the Governor's
statement. "The CDC (Centers for Disease Control) found that
bidis produce three times the nicotine and carbon monoxide and five
times the tar of regular cigarettes." Bidis are often manufactured in
sweatshop-like conditions, sometimes by child labor; the cigarettes,
once imported to the US, are given candy-like flavors and colorful
packaging that appeal to kids; some think bidis may be a gateway to
drugs become they look like marijuana joints and produce a powerful
head rush; consumers tend to be unaware; and finally, some tobacco
opponents can them because they'd can any smokable product they can.
So, why haven't the other 49 states or the FDA done anything to ban
bidis? Maybe you should ask your state representatives if
their interested in protecting children.
Recall - Burger King
Corporation Announces Voluntary Recall of Pokémon Ball
Miami, FL - December 27, 1999 - Burger King Corporation is
voluntarily recalling the Pokémon® balls included with
Burger King® kids meals. The balls may pose a suffocation hazard
to children under three years of age. Pokémon balls are the
ball-shaped plastic containers that hold Pokémon toys in
Burger King kids meals. Either half of the Pokémon ball can
become stuck on a child's face, covering the nose and mouth and may
cause suffocation of a child under three years of age. (See poster
behind "Lenny" icon.)
A 13-month-old girl reportedly suffocated when one half of a
Pokémon ball covered her nose and mouth. An 18-month old girl
reportedly also had a ball half stuck over her face causing her
distress; however, the girl's father on the second attempt pulled the
ball-half from her face and no injury resulted.
The Pokémon balls are plastic ball-shaped containers
between 2 ¾" and 3" in diameter. They pull apart to reveal one
of 57 different Pokémon toys inside. The balls were
distributed in a variety of colors including red and white, and hot
pink. Packaging described them as safety tested and recommended for
all ages of children.
Burger King restaurants nationwide distributed the Pokémon
Balls inside Burger King Big Kids Meal and regular kids meals
from early November through December, 1999.
Consumers should immediately take the balls away from children
under the age of three. They should discard the ball or return both
halves of the ball to a Burger King restaurant for a free small order
of french fries. Consumers may continue to use the Pokémon toy
that came inside the ball.
Burger King restaurants will continue to distribute the
Pokémon toys in balls with Burger Kind Kids Meals, but the
Pokémon balls will no longer be included with the toy in the
regular kids club meals, generally intended for younger children.
Consumers should not allow children younger than the age of three (3)
to play with these balls. Please call 800.775.0625 for additional
information about this recall or visit www.burgerking.com
On Friday, December 24, 1999, Burger King Corporation instructed
all of its U.S. restaurants to discontinue distributing the
Poké Balls with its Kids Meals. Thereafter, on Friday,
December 31, 1999, out of an abundance of caution, the company
decided to cease distribution of the Poké Balls with its Big
Kids Meals as well.
Limited Time - Free (except $5.95 for shipping
and handling) Book - Smart Parents Safe Children
ChildRecall.com announces today (2/20/00) that as a result of another
child tragedy due to the use of recalled products (Pokemon), it will
give away for a limited time its one-of-a-kind and potentially
lifesaving book, Smart Parents Safe Children for $5.95
shipping & handling. In addition to listing the product recalls
found on the ChildRecall.com website, www.childrecall.com
the book also analyses the reasons behind each recall and provides
insightful statistics as to why certain product types fail. This is
very important because many products being sold today may be recalled
tomorrow. Smart Parents, Safe Children assists parents in
identifying hazardous products before they are recalled, allowing
parents to become not only more informed consumers, but also better
guardians of their children. This free website has been designed to
assist parents in providing a safer environment for their children.
Many childrens products and other household items have been
recalled or banned by the government and continue to be used today.
These products can pose the threat of very serious injury or even
death to your child. It only takes one hazardous product to cause a
family tragedy. ChildRecall.com uses advanced technology to combat
this problem by providing a comprehensive and user friendly database
that enables parents to efficiently determine if they own any
recalled products posing danger to their children. The database
contains hundreds of products that have been recalled during the past
10 years. It groups the many items in easily identifiable product
categories allowing the user to search by product category,
manufacturer or recall date. ChildRecall.coms innovative design
and comprehensive data provides parents a superior alternative to
relying on recall announcements from the news or found on other
websites. ChildRecall.com allows the parent to quickly identify the
specific recalled products they own without having to wade through
random lists of recalled products they do not own. ChildRecall.com
offers an especially unique feature, the Child Product Register,
which enables parents to register their childrens products by
product type and manufacturer. By using this feature, parents will be
notified via email should their registered products become recalled
in the future. The site also provides extensive information on many
different areas of child safety. When you go to the site, they ask
you to register with your first and last name and email address
before you can access information.
Make the World Safe for Children
I had been working in the world for over fifteen years "To be a major
factor in the elimination of male violence in the universe." A
statement, refined over time, where each word had importance and
meaning. During a weekend training I attended back in 1990, however,
my little boy spoke to me and my mission took a dramatic shift. It
became transformed, as my work has since then, into: "Make the World
Safe for Children". With that in mind, I ask you to see what part you
play in all of this.
The decisions you make everyday effect life as we know it on this
planet. Here are some things you can do:
- Look at the way you are in the world, how you release or stuff
your anger, how you treat strangers, friends, loved ones,
children. Are you a good role model for children and other adults?
What if every decision and action you made, at home, at work and
in the world was based on making the world safe for children?
- Take a moment to daydream: what kind of a world would that be?
What would it look like? Are you willing to actively help create
- Look at your personal commitment to the environment, your
health (both physical and mental), exercise and the food you eat.
Stop putting off those decisions to "get healthy".
- Copy this letter and mail or fax it to all your friends and
relatives asking them to do the same.
- Send a letter to politicians at the federal, state and local
level encouraging them to make only those decisions that insure a
world safe for children.
- Encourage children through school and church to send a letter
(1) to President Clinton asking him to make only those decisions
that insure a world safe for children and (2) to their parents
asking them to "Make this world a safe place for me in everything
- Use resources at your disposal - local bulletin boards at
grocery stores, Laundromats, the office, on computers, etc. to
spread the word.
Men and fathers do care. Do you? If so, get actively involved in
any way you can to see to it that change happens.
Think about it! Then do something about it - TODAY! It's not too
late! And, if you think of additional things to add to this list, let
us know. - Gordon Clay
Kitchen Safety Tips
Safeguards: Some ways to eliminate the top kitchen
hazards: Make sure appliance cords do not dangle over the
edges of counters. Keep counters free of knives and glassware. Never
allow children under age 8 to use the microwave. Store cleaning
products, toothpicks, and plastic bags in locked cabinets. Turn pot
handles away from the front of the stove. Keep hot foods and liquids
away from the edges of tables. Install safety locks on drawers with
sharp objects like scissors. Make sure you set your water heater at
120 degrees F to prevent scalds. Put childproof covers on stove
and oven knobs. Parents
Tips & Trick
We have available four pertinent Slide Guides. You slide the inside
card to your question and the answer appears in the box.
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Dating Guide: The body is special. In order to safeguard
yourself, you must avoid high-risk situations. This is a guide to
reduce dating risks, provides comebacks to common lines you may
hear or say, and provides facts you should know about date rape.
Transmitted Diseases Education Guide: This guide provides
myths and facts about STDs, the cause and symptoms, diagnosis and
treatment, and prevention information for the 10 major diseases.
For anyone who is sexually active or thinking about becoming
sexual. $3 each.
- AIDS Education
Guide: Includes the answers to the top 15 questions about AIDS
plus Condom Do's and Don'ts. $3 each.
- Facts on
Gangs: What every citizen should know. Provides information on
signs of possible gang involvement, how to protect your children,
what you can do plus answers to the 7 most frequently asked
questions. $3 each.
Be not afraid of life. Believe that life is worth living and
your belief will help create the fact. - William James
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