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Dangers of Storage and Toy Chests; 34 Deaths Reported

After the deaths of two siblings in Massachusetts, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has renewed its warning to consumers about the risks associated with storage, hope, cedar and toy chests. Millions of storage chests and toy boxes pose the risk of automatically closing and latching shut. As a result of the chests latching shut young children can become trapped and possibly suffocate inside the chests. The risks are especially noticeable in regards to older toy chests or storage containers that have lids that do not prevent the lid from suddenly closing. Children often in play hide in places like toy chest and while hiding or falling asleep in a place like that small children can become entrapped when the lid latches shut or locked. These types of chests often provide no ventilation and are airtight resulting in suffocation when children do become trapped. Alternatively the lids on containers…
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Playgrounds and Recess: A Thing of the Past?

American schools are following a trend of removing playgrounds and some all together are eliminating recess. Many adults can think back on fond memories of touch football, tag, and even just swinging on a swing with friends at school when they were younger.  Unfortunately it appears that for children now a day, they will not get the same break during the day to play and socialize with their friends during the school day. School Districts in parts of the country have banned recess in its entirety claiming it is due to lawsuits and the frivolity of interrupting students’ studies to go outside and play. Dr. Olga Jarrett, an associate professor at Georgia State University, is a supporter of continuing recess within schools because she believes from her research play is critical for healthy development and affects children not only socially and emotionally but also physically and academically. Children who do…
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Take Care When Back to School Shopping

It’s sadly true, but going back to school may be harmful to your child’s health? This year, when you’re shopping for school supplies remember that many may contain hidden hazards, especially in products containing vinyl. High levels of toxic phthalates, banned in toys and associated with birth defects, ADHD, obesity, behavioral problems and asthma, have been discovered in almost 75% of children’s back to school supplies. In a report by the Center for Health, Environment and Justice, seemingly harmless school supplies were tested in a laboratory, revealing potentially dangerous toxins. Products tested, including Spiderman, Dora, and Disney brand lunch boxes, rain boots, coats, backpacks, and binders were all found to have elevated levels of these toxic phthalates, causing serious concern as such use is already banned in other products. Here are some examples of items you should avoid purchasing: Disney Lunchboxes (contained 29 times the federal limit of toxins) Spiderman Lunchboxes/Backpacks (contained…
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