December: Safe Toys and Gifts Month
When buying gifts for children this holiday season, take care that they really are just fun and games. Age-inappropriate toys can pose hazards, particularly if they have parts that could lodge in a child’s windpipe or eyes. Prevent Blindness America offers useful guidelines for selecting safe gifts, and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission can keep you well informed about recalls and other issues.
Prevent Blindness America Safe Toy Checklist
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission Toy Safety Publications
December 2–8: National Hand-Washing Awareness Week
Want to shrink your odds of catching a cold or flu this year? There’s no simpler or more effective way than to wash your hands regularly. This week the Henry the Hand Foundation sets out to spread the four principles of hand awareness: wash hands when they are dirty and before eating; do not cough into your hands; do not sneeze into your hands; and, most important, do not put your hands into your eyes, nose or mouth.
Henry the Hand Foundation
January 2008: Birth Defects Prevention Month
Birth defects occur in about 120,000 newborns annually, and they are responsible for a fifth of all infant deaths. But expectant women can help prevent many of these problems through such simple steps as eating properly, taking the right vitamins and avoiding cigarette smoke. The National Birth Defects Prevention Network Web site has all the details that can make a lifetime of difference.
National Birth Defects Prevention Network
February: National Children’s Dental Health Month
Since 1941 the annual observance of children’s dental health has grown from a one-day event in Cleveland to a monthlong nationwide observance. Kits available from the American Dental Association, which include posters, handouts and other educational materials, can help local organizations plan campaigns to promote oral hygiene.
American Dental Association
February 3–9: Burn Awareness Week
Teach children how to recognize and respond to situations that can lead to fires and burn injuries, which exact an awful toll in accidental deaths and suffering every year. The British Columbia Professional Fire Fighters’ Burn Fund has developed online educational safety materials suitable for kids aged five to 12 (as well as their parents
BCPFF’s Burn Awareness Week
This article was originally published with the title Calendar.