Who doesn’t love a freshly cooked s’more with a perfectly toasted marshmallow? Unfortunately, fire is inherently dangerous, and every year terrible accidents happen. Here, Abby Beerman, an injury prevention coordinator at University of Vermont Medical Center and Children’s Hospital, provides a list of safety tips to help you create only happy memories.  Fire Pit Safety […]

Jess Lukas, Director of Aquatics at the Greater Burlington YMCA, offers water safety advice in partnership with the University of Vermont Medical Center and UVM Children’s Hospital. We often say at the YMCA, “The world may be 71 percent water, but children are 100 percent curious.” That’s why, it’s never too early to talk safety. […]

Did you know that in the US, excessive heat is the leading weather-related killer, averaging over 100 deaths a year, according to the National Weather Service? Although heatstroke death and injury might seem unlikely in New York’s North Country and Vermont, there have been five in-vehicle child heatstroke fatalities in upstate New York since 2007, […]

While available evidence indicates that most children are not at higher risk for COVID-19, there are plenty of challenges facing parents and families during the pandemic – from concerns about how to keep children healthy, to helping them stay active and get the social interactions that are part of a healthy and fulfilling life as […]

As educators and children return to school during COVID-19, there are new anxiety-inducing concerns facing families. While much of the discussion has focused on what happens inside school, it’s important to consider safety precautions when traveling to and from school.   The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has a great article addressing Return to School During COVID-19 focused on physical distancing, wearing masks, handwashing and cleaning surfaces, and temperature checks, but below are some new, and some more […]