Have a blast on the 4th of July with these tips for safe and fun festivities!

4th of julyHow are you and your loved ones celebrating the 4th of July this year? For some, the holiday is spent at a backyard barbeque enjoying the local fireworks display with friends and family. Others take the opportunity to get out of town for a few days and celebrate in a new place.

Follow these simple tips to avoid injuries and legal troubles this Independence Day. Continue reading “Have a blast on the 4th of July with these tips for safe and fun festivities!”

Yankee Candle recalls Luminous Collection candles for laceration hazard

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Photo courtesy of Yankee Candle.

‘Tis the season to make sure gifts, given and received, are safe to use. The Yankee Candle Company, in cooperation with the Consumer Product Safety Commission, recently issued a voluntary recall on its line of Luminous Collection candles.

The company received an influx of consumer feedback reporting the candles’ glass spontaneously cracking, creating a possible laceration hazard.

Affected Yankee Candles

The collection is made up of six scented candles with the following product numbers:

  • Sea Salt and Coral (1535651)
  • Blackberry and Sage (1535890)
  • Apple Blossom and Melon (1535891)
  • Sugarcane and Honey (1535892)
  • Pine and Sandalwood (1535893)
  • Cinnamon and Cedar (1535894)

If you purchased or received a Luminous Collection candle, Yankee Candle is offering a full refund and an additional candle of your choice upon return. If the candle was purchased at another store, you must return it to a Yankee Candle location to receive the refund and additional candle.

For more information, call 877-803-6890 during business hours.

To view more holiday product recalls, visit safekids.org.

How can parents, caregivers and the public prevent hot car deaths?

Ohio will soon join the ranks of states taking action to prevent hot car deaths. Earlier this summer, Gov. John Kasich signed Senate Bill 215 into law. Effective August 31, good Samaritans who break into a vehicle to save a minor or animal from overheating are protected from civil liability and damages.

It’s a common misconception that hot car deaths are always the result of negligence, and many fail to take proper precautions because they don’t believe they would ever put their child at risk. According to neuroscientist David Diamond, changes in routine, lack of sleep and stress can cause a parent or caregiver to forget a child is in the vehicle with them.

“A universal observation I have made is that each parent’s brain appears to have created the false memory that he or she had brought the child to daycare,” he explains. “Parents went about their routine activities, which even included telling others that they needed to leave work on time to retrieve their child from daycare. Having this ‘false memory’ caused them to be oblivious to the fact that their child had remained in the car all day.”

Diamond claims none of the parents he studied demonstrated an act of willful recklessness or gross negligence.

3 Tips for Preventing Hot Car Deaths

Forgetting your child in the car may seem unfathomable, but it’s easier to do than most parents would like to admit.

Follow these three tips for preventing a hot car death on your watch:

  1. Place an item you’ll need to retrieve before moving on with your day in the back seat. Whether it’s your cell phone or your shoe, you will be forced to check for your child before exiting the vehicle.
  2. Request your child’s school or childcare provider contact you as soon as possible if your child is absent without notice.
  3. Keep an old stuffed animal in the car seat, and move it to the passenger seat each time you buckle your child in to serve as a visual reminder.

How to Break into a Vehicle to Rescue a Child or Pet

Disclaimer: The following instructions are only to be used in emergency situations where the life of a child or pet is in immediate danger.

  1. Quickly check for unlocked doors. If you’re unable to gain access to the vehicle, call 911 or recruit a bystander to do so. Under Ohio’s new law, you must take these steps to receive immunity.
  2. Locate a tool you can use to break the car window, such as a tire iron, hammer or screwdriver.
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  3. Select the side window furthest from the child to reduce the risk of injuries resulting from shattered glass.
  4. Drive the tool into one of the window’s lower corners until the glass breaks. Do not focus your efforts on the center of the window, as this is the strongest section.
  5. Use the tool to carefully clear any remaining glass shards from the edges of the window, and remove the child from the vehicle.

We hope you will never be in a situation where it is necessary to use this information, but you never know when you may be forced to take action to save a life.