October is Fire Prevention Month. This is a great reminder to make sure you and your host kids know how to prevent fires and how to escape a house fire.
Control Kids’ Access to Fire
Keep all matches and lighters out of the hands of children. If possible, keep these sources of fire in locked drawers. Consider buying only “child-proof” lighters—but be aware that no product is completely child-proof.
Children as young as two years old can strike matches and start fires.
Never leave children unattended near operating stoves or burning candles, even for a short time.
Teach children not to pick up matches or lighters they may find. Instead, they should tell an adult immediately.
Fire Safety at Home
Smoke alarms should be installed on every level of the home, especially near sleeping areas.
Smoke alarms should be kept clean of dust by regularly vacuuming over and around them.
Replace batteries in smoke alarms at least once a year. And replace the entire unit after ten years of service, or as the manufacturer recommends.
Families should plan and practice two escape routes from each room of their home.
Tip: Make sure children know not to hide in the event of a fire. Explain that firefighters wear lots of equipment to protect them from the fire and smoke. Show them some pictures of how firefighters look in their gear and explain that they don’t need to be afraid of them.
February 3, 2011 marks the beginning of the Chinese New Year. Also known as the Lunar New Year or Spring Festival is the most important traditional Chinese holiday. 2011 is the Year of the Rabbit in the Chinese Zodiac.
Here are some links to learn more and find some related activities for kids:
I wanted to mention this event since the Boy Scouts of America started from an idea in Great Britain and today there are scouts in countries all over the world. It seems to be a concept that is pretty universal.
Au pairs from our cluster have shared their languages and cultures by participating in numerous Global Awareness presentations with local Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, BSA!
The Boy Scouts of America – one hundred years young and still going strong! Celebrate the adventure and continue the journey as Scouting launches its Centennial year.
HOW IT ALL BEGAN
While walking the misty streets of London in 1909, American businessman William Boyce lost his way. A boy offered to guide him to his destination. Boyce wanted to pay him, but the boy explained that he was a Scout, and that Scouts do not accept money for doing good turns.
Eager to learn more, Mr. Boyce met with Robert Baden-Powell, founder of the Boy Scout movement in Great Britain. Boyce knew that boys back home would like the idea, so he brought Scouting to the United States. Papers incorporating the Boy Scouts of America were signed on February 8, 1910 – the date celebrated as the official birthday of the BSA.