Safety Tips for Road Trip with Kids

If you are planning a trip, then, a safe traveling is the most important part of it. Especially, if you are not going alone and having kids together with you. Using some form of public transportation would be a smart decision. They are managed by professional drivers and pilots, so you just need to come in and relax. The professionals will take a care of the rest. Still, many want to use their personal vehicles because of different reasons. Before taking the trip, they should know some important things about safety during traveling. That way, they will protect their own life as well as lives of all other travelers, especially the youngest ones. Fortunately, there are some tips that can be helpful, and the drivers should follow them.

Road Trip

Always check your car before traveling.

If you can do that in an official service, that would be a good and important thing to do. After checking, you will be sure that your vehicle is in a proper condition and that you will not have problems on the road.

If you have small kids, they should have proper and suitable seats for safe traveling.

Those seats have to be properly placed and the kids have to be adequately tied to them.Usually, kids do not love long trips, and they may be nervous and irritable. Someone needs to pay attention to them all the time, so you should not be alone in the car with them. Check out this site to learn more.

You should also have an emergency kit in the vehicle.

It can be bought as a set of various things, such as warm blankets, a first aid kit, water, a flashlight and some other useful stuff. But, it can be also manually prepared if you know what to put in. The emergency kit should always be in the car, no matter if you go to the long trip or just driving to the next street. You will never know when the accident may happen, and the emergency kit is always the first line of defense if it happens.

Never use alcohol or drugs immediately before or during driving.

They are the main reasons for the majority of car accidents all around the world. Especially alcohol, it can be seriously dangerous and may disable you completely. Besides, it is an illegal activity, and you may pay a fine or even go to a prison if the police catch you. Read more – “Alcohol and driving

Do not use a mobile phone while driving and have free hands all the time.

Be totally concentrated on the road and that will pay off at the end. Using the phone during driving is risky and illegal behavior. All can stop the car before taking the phone, and that can even save the lives of the kids and other passengers.

Go to bed earlier a day before traveling and have a good night.

Sleep as long as you need, in order to be totally fresh and rested on the travel day. This can be especially important if you are planning to go to the long trip. In fact, it can save the lives, and you have probably heard many times that big accident happened because the driver fell asleep during driving. That could be avoided, but they did not have a proper rest before the trip.

Every two, three hours, you should take a pause.

If there are some coffee shop, restaurant, or gas station, they can be ideal places for taking a little rest. That way, you can recover your energy faster and continue the trip free of tiredness. Your kids will probably love to eat an ice cream, so all will be satisfied. The trip will take longer but you and all others will be quite safer.

If you are traveling during a night, try not to look into the lights of other cars. Some of them are even using long and strong ones, and they can easily blind drivers from the another direction. If that happens to you, then, your eyesight will be temporary endangered, and it would be wise to stop the car next to the road instantly. Wait until your eyes return to the normal condition and car road trip may continue after that.

About TFK

Toxic-Free Kids was formed in 2011 by the founder of Children’s Cancer Recovery Foundation, Greg Anderson, as an organization that helps children diagnosed with cancer. By providing programs like Bearable Gift Bags and The Helping Hands Fund, they give children smiles and hope when they need it most.

In 2010 Greg decided he wanted to do more than just be there for children living with cancer; he wanted to help reduce the number of children receiving the diagnosis. Recognizing the link between environmental toxins and childhood cancer, he utilized research showing that many childhood cancers are environmentally related, with the goal of educating families on how to reduce their exposure and thereby reduce their risk for cancer. It was at this time that Greg decided to create Toxic-Free Kids as a vehicle for this learning.

In 2011 Children’s Cancer Recovery Foundation created the Toxic-Free Kids Blog, a website designed to explain the dangers of environmental toxins and provide ways to reduce exposure. It is our hope that this site will act as a support system for families making the change to toxic-free living. Our next step is to launch a nationwide campaign in hopes of reaching families across the nation. We are currently developing a program for children and their parents to work on together as a way of uniting families and making change for generations to come.

As Children’s Cancer Recovery continues to support children with cancer, it is our hope that education to families through Toxic-Free Kids will begin to inspire a reduction in the number of children diagnosed with cancer. We invite you to read on and learn the dangers of environmental toxins to see why Toxic-Free Kids is so important—you’ll be so happy you did.

  • Cancer is a leading cause of death worldwide: it accounted for 7.9 million deaths (around 13% of all deaths) in 2007.*
  • Each year, more than 160,000 children are diagnosed with cancer worldwide and about 90,000 of these children succumb to the disease.*
  • You can reduce your family’s risk for cancer by reducing your exposure to environmental toxins.

As you take the time to read a post, we hope you’ll also take time to make a change—and to tell a friend—for the sake of everyone’s health!

*Statistics obtained from WHO and Kid’s Cancer Care

Environmental Toxins

During the past 50 years, more than 85,000 industrial chemicals have been registered in the United States alone.  The US is not alone as countries around the world including Canada and the United Kingdom face the same issues.  Many of these chemicals have found their way into children’s environments: in the food they eat, the water they drink, the air they breathe and the products to which they are exposed.  Some children may even be exposed to them while still in the womb.  Alarmingly, the majority of these chemicals are largely unstudied and unregulated until proof of harm is already established.  With their still developing bodies and high metabolic rate, children are the most vulnerable to their effects.  Exposure to these carcinogens by children is widespread, and the harmful effect on their still developing bodies is a cause of concern for parents worldwide.

Children are exposed to chemicals, toxins and other carcinogens in many ways:

  • A mother’s breast milk can be contaminated with toxins that are inconsequential to adults but are a detriment to an infant’s health
  • Drinking water can often contain pharmaceuticals and farming pesticides
  • The ingredients of baby food may have been grown or treated using pesticides and other agricultural chemicals
  • Common household products (cleaners, personal care products, carpet and flame retardant found in furniture) can all be dangerous to a child’s health
  • Children’s toys may be manufactured with the use dangerous chemicals
  • Diesel exhaust and other manufacturing byproducts pollute the air supply of children

CCRF Urges Parents to Shop with Safety in Mind this Holiday Season

CCRF offers toxic free shopping tips to avoid purchasing unsafe gifts

With the holiday shopping season in full-swing, parents will be scurrying from store to store in search of the perfect toys and gifts for their children. Unfortunately, many are unaware of the potentially carcinogenic materials that could be lurking among Santa’s wish-list. As part of its Toxic Free Kids initiative, the Children’s Cancer Recovery Foundation (CCRF) reminds parents to become familiar with certain toxins, such as lead-based paints and vinyl materials, which have been linked to pediatric cancer.

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), any toys made in – or imported into – the United States after 1995 must comply with its standards. It also warns parents to steer clear of older toys, even hand-me-downs, as they may not meet current safety standards. Parents must take the appropriate precautions to ensure toys are safe for their children.

The Children’s Cancer Recovery Foundation offers the following tips to help parents avoid toxic toys this holiday season:

  • Avoid toys with lead-based paint: According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, protecting children from exposure to lead is important to lifelong good health. It is critical to avoid toys containing lead. Read labels and do your research to ensure the toys you purchase are safe.
  • Read the labels on art materials: The standards set forth by the CPSC require all art materials to be labeled “non-toxic.” If a company fails to label its product as toxic free, it is in your best interest to avoid that crayon or marker. Additionally, crayons and paints should have ASTM D-4236 listed on the package, which means that they’ve been evaluated by the American Society for Testing and Materials.
  • Be sure toys are flame retardant/resistant: According to the standards established by the CPSC, all plush and fabric toys must be labeled flame retardant or resistant. Be on the lookout for this when shopping for stuffed animals, dolls, etc.
  • Choose natural materials: When possible, select plastic-free toys made from natural materials. This can include unpainted wood or fabric rather than products containing vinyl.

Remember to read the label and/or box on any toy prior to purchase. If a manufacturer fails to identify certain information, such as lead-free or non-toxic, be sure to place it back on the retailer’s shelf.

From all of us at CCRF, we wish you a toxic free holiday season and a new year filled with joy and good health.

About Children’s Cancer Recovery Foundation (CCRF)

Headquartered in Harrisburg, PA with a division in The Woodlands, TX, the Children’s Cancer Recovery Foundation supports children under 18 and their families facing the hardships of cancer. The foundation performs acts of care and kindness through the following programs: Bear-Able Gifts (largest distributor of gifts to children with cancer in the U.S.); Toxic-Free Kids (educates families on the dangers of environmental toxins); New Era Cancer Research Fund (funds research for less toxic, minimally-invasive pediatric-cancer treatments); International Aid (provides medications and supplies to clinics in developing and impoverished countries); Helping Hands Fund (provides emergency financial assistance to families); and Camp Scholarships (allows children in remission to reconnect with activities they love). With a national pediatric-hospital partner network of 215+ locations, the foundation directly helps more than 15,000 children affected by cancer and their families every year. Please visit www.ChildrensCancerRecovery.org.

CCRF Offers Healthier Thanksgiving Dinner Choices & Handy Grocery Shopping List

 

Avoiding processed foods and food additives can help decrease risk of cancer and contribute to a healthier lifestyle

As Thanksgiving approaches, families across the nation will begin preparing for their traditional holiday meal. While a hardy stuffing and cranberry from the can may sound delicious, these Thanksgiving staples often contain artificial ingredients and even potential cancer-causing chemicals. As part of its Toxic Free Kids initiative, Children’s Cancer Recovery Foundation (CCRF) recommends families consider natural, organic choices when shopping for this year’s Thanksgiving dinner.

According to WebMD.com, a variety of cancers, including colorectal, esophageal and liver cancers are linked to highly-processed foods. There are also known carcinogens, such as sodium nitrate, sodium nitrite and refined white flours, lurking in many Thanksgiving favorites such as bacon, stuffing and many canned foods. Natural and organic foods have outstanding health benefits and are a tasty addition to the traditional Thanksgiving dinner.

Children’s Cancer Recovery Foundation offers a handy Thanksgiving meal grocery store list that shoppers can use to make healthier choices. The organization also provides these additional tips:

  • Avoid processed food: Many highly processed foods, such as salad dressing, processed meats and refined white flour, contain known carcinogens. Instead, try healthy alternatives, like homemade salad dressing and whole grain flour.
  • Choose organic foods: Organic vegetables contain fewer pesticides. According to the Environmental Working Group, a nonprofit organization that analyzes the results of government pesticide testing in the U.S., common Thanksgiving foods, such as apples, cucumbers, celery, potatoes and spinach, all contain high levels of pesticides. It is best to purchase the organic versions of these foods, which are widely available in most grocery stores and whole food markets.
  • Avoid products that contain refined white flour and sodium nitrate/nitrite: As previously stated, refined white flour, sodium nitrate and sodium nitrite are harmful compounds that can potentially cause cancer, and are contributors to obesity.
  • Read the label: Ingredient labels are a simple resource to avoid unhealthy foods and toxic additives. Some common ingredients to avoid are shortening (fat that is solid at room temperature), hydrogenated oil, palm oil, high fructose corn syrup, sodium benzoate (a common food preservative) and aspartame (a sugar substitute).

Reading the labels, understanding the ingredients and opting for healthier choices will lead to a happy and healthier Thanksgiving.

CCRF Identifies Scary Dangers in Certain Halloween Items & Offers Helpful Tips

Every child gets energized this time of year as they pick out their Halloween costume and look forward to the much-anticipated day of trick-or-treating. As part of its Toxic Free Kids initiative, the Children’s Cancer Recovery Foundation (CCRF) recommends that parents and guardians be cautious about their choices and purchases.

Many Halloween costumes require the application of makeup. The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics has found that 10 out of 10 kids’ Halloween makeup tested positive for lead. Lead is banned from makeup in both Canada and Europe, but is permitted at any level in makeup in the U.S. The Centers for Disease Prevention and Control recommends that parents not use any face paints that could contain lead.

You should also be mindful of certain costume elements, such as masks, swords and jewelry as these items can be colored with lead paint. In addition, some rubber items like a mask contain lead as a fire retardant and a chemical used to make rubber.

CCRF provides some helpful tips as you prepare for Halloween:

  • Create homemade costumes so that you know the specific type of material and pieces being used.
  • Use safe art supplies such as natural fabrics and paper mache.
  • Make your own face paint from natural products and ingredients.
  • Purchase costumes intended for children that are marked non-toxic and regulated for lead.
  • Choose costumes without face paint or masks, which can also be toxic.
  • Avoid items manufactured in countries with a record of regulatory non-compliance.

About Children’s Cancer Recovery Foundation (CCRF)

Headquartered in Harrisburg, PA with a division in The Woodlands, TX, the Children’s Cancer Recovery Foundation supports children under 18 and their families facing the hardships of cancer. The foundation performs acts of care and kindness through the following programs: Bear-Able Gifts (largest distributor of gifts to children with cancer in the U.S.); Toxic-Free Kids (educates families on the dangers of environmental toxins); New Era Cancer Research Fund (funds research for less toxic, minimally-invasive pediatric-cancer treatments); International Aid (provides medications and supplies to clinics in developing and impoverished countries); Helping Hands Fund (provides emergency financial assistance to families); and Camp Scholarships (allows children in remission to reconnect with activities they love). With a national pediatric-hospital partner network of 215+ locations, the foundation directly helps more than 15,000 children affected by cancer and their families every year.

Top 10 Practical Ways to Reduce Plastic Use at Home

There are areas of concern involving the use of plastics and an increased risk for children, say certain sources. According to WebMD, some studies suggest that possible effects from BPA (Bisphenol A), a common chemical in plastics, could be most pronounced in infants and young children. “Their bodies are still developing and they are less efficient at eliminating substances from their systems.” Also, the FDA reports that PVC plastic can be a toxic exposure risk via DEHP, a softener that is released from PVC as it degrades.

As part of its Toxic Free Kids initiative, the Children’s Cancer Recovery Foundation (CCRF) says regulating plastic use in the home is a step towards making homes and families toxin-free. Fortunately, there are many ways to dramatically reduce overall plastic use, and by switching over to safer, more environmentally-friendly plastics, families can reap health and environmental benefits.

Here are the top 10 steps you can take to reduce the amount of plastic in your home:

  • Wooden & Cloth Toys – Handmade wooden toys are great for your kids; their use supports small businesses, and the toys themselves are often unique. Further, they will usually last much longer than equivalent plastic toys. Some great retailers of quality wooden toys are The Wooden Horse and Melissa and Doug. Cloth toys will last for years and may become treasured heirlooms.
  • Cloth Shopping Bags – Easily available from most retailers. Not only is cloth a good material for shopping bags; it’s good for laundry bags, backpacks, and other toting gear and can be used to replace usual nylon containers.
  • Metal Water Bottles – Use a cloth strap and holder for times when you’re jogging. They also keep water cooler for a longer period of time.
  • Buy in Bulk – If you can make the trip to Costco, buy as much of your goods in bulk as you can. Doing this reduces overall plastic use; the less packaging there is, the less plastic is consumed.
  • Cloth Lunch Bags – While an unusual item for you and your kids, several retailers on Etsy let you personalize your lunch bag with a PDF image, so you can look cool while staying toxin-free.
  • Use Bar Soap – Bar soaps are usually wrapped in paper, while body washes are stored in plastic bottles. If you like to use a body wash, use a glass bottle dispenser instead.
  • Use Laundry Powder – Plastic bottles used for laundry detergent fill up landfills. Instead, measure your laundry detergent with a scoop or glass measuring cup.
  • Don’t Use Plastic Straws – Instead, your family should look into products such as paper and steel sippy cups and straws. Glass Dharma offers its own unique glass drinking straw.
  • Ceramic Dishes – They can be found at most major retailers and are a great, sturdy alternative to most plastic flatware

Are Conventional Crayons Safe?

Children’s Cancer Recovery Foundation Shares Tips for Back-to-School

Sometimes children do strange things, and eating crayons is one of them. With the back-to-school season here, many parents may wonder about conventional crayons: Are they safe?

As part of its Toxic Free Kids initiative, the Children’s Cancer Recovery Foundation (CCRF) urges parents to consider both conventional crayons and alternative options. Crayons contain two elements: wax and pigment. Eating a small bit of crayon is generally harmless, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), but can become dangerous in large quantities if the indigestible wax creates an intestinal blockage. Eating crayons can also present a choking hazard.

Most crayons sold in the United States are certified non-toxic for children. In 1994, the federal government issued a recall for crayons made in China that were found to contain lead, and in 2000, two brands of crayons were found to contain what the federal government called “scientifically insignificant” amounts of asbestos. The possible danger in both of these cases is only present if a child eats a large number of crayons.

Currently, the Federal Hazardous Substances Act (FHSA) bans lead as an ingredient for any children’s product, including crayons. Crayola, the most largely recognized crayon brand in the United States, certifies all its products as non-toxic. If you still want to play it safe, however, there are plenty of “all natural” options to choose from. These crayons are generally made of beeswax or soy. Here are some places to buy “all natural” crayons:

Safety Tips:

  • If your child has a habit of eating non-edible things, watch them while coloring to ensure that he or she does not choke.
  • If your child eats a significant number of crayons and you are concerned:

–   Call a pediatrician and observe your child for a period of time to ensure that he or she has a regular bowel movement, or

–   Call your local poison control center at 1-800-222-1222 for advice

  • If your child is choking, call 911.

Our children’s early artistic experiences should be carefree. The best bet to ensure your child has a safe and toxic-free experience is to follow the tips above. Happy coloring!