July 27, 2017 , Children's Safety , Distracted Driving

Are teenagers addicted to their phones? Half of them say yes they are.

This devastating fact came out of a poll conducted in 2016 that asked teenagers themselves if they thought they were addicted to their phones. 50% of them said yes, and 59% of parents said they had a teen they considered a cell phone addict. The exac...
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June 30, 2017 , Children's Safety

Fidget spinners are personal injury risks to Bellingham kids

Driving down Holly Street in downtown Bellingham the other day, I noticed a storefront sign that assured the public "We have spinners!" For those of you who don't have school-aged kids, you might not know that these aren't parts of fishing gear. Fidg...
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May 16, 2017 , Children's Safety

Tips for keeping little kids safe this summer

Though my kids are older now, I remember the stress of keeping them safe when they were toddlers. The vigilance required of a new parent is extraordinary, when hidden foes such as power outlets, electrical cords, and even a whole grape can lurk aroun...
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May 9, 2017 , Children's Safety

It’s not all fun and games: playground accidents

With the new-found spring bringing flowers and sun outside, kids are heading back to Whatcom County's many playgrounds. It's been a long winter here in Bellingham, and playgrounds bring relief to parents and kids alike. Unfortunately this post is abo...
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April 24, 2017 , Children's Safety

Which way to go? Rear face car seats until age 2

Bellingham babies (and parents), take note: the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) currently recomends that toddlers are kept in rear-facing car seats until age two, or until they exceed the height or weight limit for the car seat. Previous recomme...
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April 14, 2017 , Children's Safety

Child passenger safety seats help save lives

Cars have been around longer than child car safety seats, that’s for sure. The first child car seat was created in 1962. Nowadays, there are even facilities and experts in many counties, including Whatcom, where new parents can go to have their car...
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June 27, 2016 , Children's Safety

Kids and pets don’t mix with hot cars

Now that we are gearing up for another glorious summer season in Bellingham and Whatcom County, it’s a good time to look forward to all the trips to fun activities – and sometimes just toting the kids and pets along for errands. So now is also a ...
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June 22, 2016 , Children's Safety

Skateboarding safety: part 2

Skateboarders can reach speeds up to 12 mph. While it’s undoubtedly an exhilarating feeling, it’s also pretty dangerous, considering they’re traveling with cars, pedestrians, and many kinds of obstacles that could send them flying off their boa...
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January 8, 2016 , Children's Safety

Tips for buying car seats

Bellingham, WA is sometimes dubbed "Birthingham" and it seems pretty obvious why to those of us lucky enough to live here. We've got lots of fresh air, clean water from Lake Whatcom, and great schools. It's a wonderful place to raise your family. And...
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October 26, 2015 , Children's Safety

Tips for having a safe Halloween

I know, I know. Halloween is supposed to be fun, and here I am coming up with a post with tips to keep it safe. But I think even kids will agree that the best Halloweens include making it home safe and sound to enjoy all that great candy. In that spi...
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