It's that time of year! The holiday season is upon us!
CAPC will again be participating this year at First 5 Amador's Children's Holiday Festival - Winter Festivals Around the World. We will be sharing about Christmas traditions from Serbia this year!
Friday, December 11, 5:30-8:00pm, 975 Broadway, Jackson.
Be sure to bring out the little ones for lots of fun activities, photos with Santa, and great resources for families. It's free! We hope to see you there.
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prevent child abuse in Amador County!
Holiday Safety for Families
Child abuse is incredibly prevalent in the winter holiday season because of stress, the expense and bustle of shopping, and the increased use of alcohol. Accidents related to holiday decorating and festivities also contribute to unsafe conditions for children. Here are some tips to help keep families and homes safe during the holiday season.
Beware of Holiday Candles:
~Keep candles away from decorations and other combustible materials.
~Do not leave children unattended in the room with lit candles.
~Keep candles, matches, and lighters out of the reach of children.
~Refrain from using candles to decorate Christmas trees.
Test Tree Trimmings:
~When decorating with lights be sure to purchase the type that have been tested and labeled by an approved laboratory.
~For outside decorations - use only lights that are labeled for outside use.
~Do not overload electrical outlets and always unplug all lights when leaving the home or going to bed.
Keep Christmas Trees Fresh:
~Choose a fresh tree and secure it in a sturdy stand.
~Locate the tree away from heat sources and exits - water it daily.
~If you purchase an artificial tree, make sure that it is fire retardant.
Prepare for Holiday Parties:
~Decorate with flame retardant or non-combustible materials.
~Have a designated smoking area outside, for the sake of others that are sensitive to secondhand smoke.
Designate a Driver:
~If you are a party attendant, select a driver.
~If you are a host you should have a supply of nonalcoholic beverages on hand for the designated drivers.
~Fireplaces should be cleaned and inspected each year before the start of the heating season. Creosote forms as the wood burns, creating a buildup in the chimney walls that will cause a fire if not properly cleaned.
~Always protect your home and your family by using a sturdy screen when burning fires.
~You should only burn wood and not paper or pine limbs which can float out of the chimney and may ignite a neighbor's yard.
~Never use flammable liquids in a fireplace.
~If stockings are hung on the mantle, don't start a fire in the fireplace.
Have a safe and happy holiday season from everyone at the Child Abuse Prevention Council!
Friday, Dec. 11, 5:30-8:00pm Margaret Dalton Children's Center, 975 Broadway, Jackson
Next CAPC Meeting Monday, Dec. 14, 10:00am 975 Broadway, Jackson
All children know they are valued; all families receive the support, education and tools necessary to give every child a safe, healthy and nurturing home; and a community that actively supports the health, safety, and education of its children.
CAPC is committed to preventing all forms of child abuse in Amador County through community partnerships, free trainings, education, and family-centered events that value children, strengthen families and engage communities.
Are they up to the task?
If a friend, neighbor, or relative watches your child, please consider...
Be sure they are comfortable watching your child. Not all of us are cut out for watching kids, especially for long periods of time. If you are leaving your child in the care of a boyfriend or girlfriend, a neighbor or a relative, you want to make sure they are up to the task and that your child will be safe.
An equally important question to ask is:
Is your child comfortable staying alone with this person?
Give them basic information.
It's important to provide the person watching your child with the following:
How to reach you at all times.
What to do in an emergency, or if your child becomes sick or injured.
How to cope with a child who won't stop crying or who is screaming hysterically.
Where it is okay to take them.
How to use car seats properly.
Can they comfort your child?
A crying or screaming child can push just about anyone over the edge. Frustration or anger can lead to a child being injured or even killed.
For your child's safety it must be made clear that it is never okay to shake a child, or hurt a child when feeling angry.
The caregiver must know who they can contact if they need help.
If you are not reachable by phone, caregivers can call a 24 hour help line to speak with a crisis counselor.
"Children depend on many adults as they grow up. Parents, relatives, teachers and child care workers all provide children with love, support and guidance.
No one wants to see children grow up with fear, anger or neglect. But no one is born knowing how to care for children. Sometimes we make mistakes that hurt them.
Whether you are a parent, a teacher, a relative or a caregiver, you can make a difference and help the children you love grow up in a caring, loving environment. Adults don't have to be perfect, just willing to listen, learn, grow and change."