Roanoke County High School seniors graduate today … locally that means all schoolchildren are now home for the summer … and its a time for parents and other caregivers to think about safety … WFIR’s Gene Marrano has more:
See list of safety tips for caregivers and children:
Roanoke Fire-EMS, Safe Kids Worldwide and the American Red Cross have these tips for what parents & caregivers should do:
• Post an emergency phone list where the kids can see it (include 9-1-1, parents cell numbers, work numbers, neighbor or trusted relative’s numbers)
• Practice an emergency plan with your child so they know what to do in case of fire, injury or other emergencies.
• Make sure the first aid kit is stocked.
• Let the children know where flashlights are and what to do if a tornado or severe weather were to occur.
• Remove or lock up dangerous items like guns, knives, hand tools, power tools, razor blades, scissors, ammunition and other objects that can cause injury.
• Make sure potential poisons like detergents, polishes, pesticides, car-care fluids, lighter fluid and lamp oils are stored in locked cabinets or out of the reach of children.
• Make sure medicine is kept locked up out of the reach of children.
• Limit any cooking that kids can do.
• Keep matches & lighters out of reach or in a locked cabinet.
• Make sure you have working smoke alarms and you’ve practiced your escape plan with the entire family and designated a meeting place.
• Never let the kids swim alone and make sure that there is always an adult watching kids in the water WITHOUT distractions.
• Monitor how much screen time your kids use when you are not home (includes: TV, internet, video games)
He calls himself “The Advocate” … looking to match ex-offenders, minorities and anyone else seeking work with a job or workforce training … WFIR’s Gene Marrano spoke with Shawn Hunter on his new role:
Click here for more from Shawn Hunter on his new role as The Advocate (speaking with WFIR’s Gene Marrano)
An enchanted can opener … a blind man playing an accordion – and a blue rabbit … famed poet Carl Sandburg wrote the “Rootabaga” stories and now Mill Mountain Theatre is bringing them to life this summer… more from WFIR’s Gene Marrano: