Child abuse is incredibly prevalent in the winter holiday season because of stress, the expense and bustle of shopping, and increased alcohol use. 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.
Mini-Grants Now Available!
We are excited to announce that funding is available for Family Strengthening mini-grant proposals for the 2018-19 fiscal year. Mini-grants will be awarded up to $2,000. Funding is provided by the Amador Child Abuse Prevention Council (ACAPC).
Grants are available for qualified organizations and agencies to provide Family Strengthening programs within the County of Amador.
Family Strengthening is the premise that children do well when families do well, and that families do well when they live in supportive communities. Enhancing connections within families, and between families, and the institutions that affect them, result in better outcomes for children and their families.
Mini-Grant applications may be submitted to ACAPC at any time throughout the 2018-19 fiscal year, however grant reviews and awards will occur bi-monthly.
Free Mandated Reporter Training
The second Thursday of every month, from 10:00am - 12:00pm, the Child Abuse Prevention Council is holding free mandated reporter trainings. Open to parents, child care providers, teachers, the community, staff or colleagues needing a refresher course, or new staff with no previous training, give us a call, (209) 223-5921. For the flyer with all the information, click HERE.
Steering Committee, Tuesday, December 11, 3:00-5:oopm
Join CAPC in creating a county-wide effort to recognize and address the impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences(ACEs) in Amador County. Meeting here at our CAPC offices, 975 Broadway, Jackson.
Children's Holiday Festival
Friday, December 14, 5:30-8:00pm
975 Broadway, Jackson
Next CAPC Meeting
Monday, January 28, 10:30am-12:00pm
975 Broadway, Jackson
All children know how 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.
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Child Abuse Prevention Council of Amador, Mail: PO Box 815, Jackson, CA 95642,Location: 975 Broadway,Jackson, CA 95642