Water Safety – 2

  Yesterday on The PediaBlog, we reviewed some basic pool rules that should be familiar to everyone relaxing poolside on these final warm days of summer. Natural bodies of water are also exciting venues for summer recreation and many of the same rules apply,...

Water Safety – 1

  Drowning tragedies unfortunately happen all too often in the United States: >  Each year, nationwide, about 300 children under 5 years old drown in swimming pools, usually a pool owned by their family. >  Drowning is the leading cause of unintentional...

Wood Smoke

  Yesterday, we discovered just how popular backyard fire pits have become in the United States, and just how dangerous they can be, especially to children. Flying sparks, flickering flames, and burning embers aside, there is another element of fire that...

Backyard Fire Danger

  Consider this scenario: It’s a nice cool evening in the late spring or summer or fall. You and your family are sitting outside enjoying the fading daylight and cool, crisp air. The windows to your house are open to let that cool, fresh air in. Suddenly,...

Grill Safely, Eat Well

  Regular readers of The PediaBlog are aware of our enthusiasm for getting youngsters cooking in the kitchen. Earlier this year, researchers found that teenagers who learn adequate cooking skills exhibit healthier eating habits and better nutrition as adults....