cooking safety

Why Are People With Developmental Disabilities at Higher Risk for Injury?

People with disabilities are being encouraged and assisted to live in the most integrated settings in their communities. Many are now choosing to live independently or semi-independently, with less intensive supervision and supports.  While this choice is a great one for most, it also places them at higher risk for injury. People with intellectual disabilities […]

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Lead Poisoning Hasn’t Gone Away

Recent news has focused on drinking water as a source of lead poisoning, and many parents and caretakers are understandably concerned. But as the Coalition to Prevent Lead Poisoning  recently reminded parents, the main source of childhood lead poisoning is still lead paint in homes built bef0re 1978, and renovation projects that don’t follow lead-safe […]

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Children’s Books on Fire Safety

Thanks to the Children’s Center of the Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County for their help in compiling this list. For information about using these books in the classroom, visit After the Fire: The Teachable Moment. Fiction Bridwell, Norman. Clifford the Firehouse Dog Clifford, the big red dog, visits his brother Nero, a fire safety dog, and […]

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When is a Child Old Enough to Use the Stove or Oven?

Because every child’s development and personality is different, there is no single rule that can determine when your child can be given responsibility for cooking. Here are some things to consider: How old is your child? Before the age of about 11 years old, children can’t really anticipate events they haven’t experienced. If something unexpected […]

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Counseling Children Who Play With Fire

Whether they happen in school or at home, intentionally or unintentionally, fires set by children are always cause for concern. Most school counselors will, at some point in their careers, be called on to work with a child who has started a fire or played with fire. Even experienced counselors may worry about their ability […]

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