BURRILLVILLE – It’s the middle of December and I’m sure there are plenty of Christmas Trees and decorations on display in homes and apartments everywhere. There are also plenty of hazards out there that need to be addressed in these homes and apartments directly related to little kids and these festive decorations and Christmas trees.
This week’s Sunday Cartoon features the popular Fearless Dino Protector Squad firefighting dinosaurs, Santa Claus, Rudolph and his Elves depicted in a Christmas scene for the kids to color in and learn about fire safety and burn prevention during the holidays. One of the holiday safety tips reminds kids not to play with candles and lighters.
Candles are a very popular decoration with Christmas cookies, balsam and pine, apple spice and other great scents that fill the rooms with an aroma that matches the holiday atmosphere. Kids should never play with candles. They should also never play with lighters. In fact, if you do have little kids in your home or apartment, you should keep lighters away from kids altogether. Keep them out of sight and away from little sets of eyes that might be watching you light your candles.
Kids should also be warned about playing with electrical cords, Christmas lights and plugs. Try to keep kids away from these hazards during the holidays and keep them fire safe. Adults should never run electrical cords under rugs or carpets and overload plugs with Christmas lights. Never leave candles burning unattended for any length of time and make sure that they are not near drapes, curtains, decorations, clothing or walls. If you have kids and pets inside your home or apartment, use extreme caution when displaying lit candles. They could easily be knocked over by playing children and rambunctious pets running around, or simply by rubbing up against these candles by accident.
Use this week’s Christmas themed coloring cartoon to discuss these holiday fire safety and burn prevention messages while coloring them in with your kids. They are also perfect for the family refrigerators as daily reminders about safety in your home or apartment. Most kids give these coloring cartoons to mom and dad to put on display on the refrigerator and parents love to proudly display their kid’s artwork for everyone to see. These displayed colored-in coloring cartoons can actually help keep kids and families safer by being visible on a daily and regular basis.
If you are a firefighter, police officer, first responder, school teacher, school nurse, pediatric doctor or nurse, librarian, daycare staff or community leader, then print these out for the kids to color and share them on your social networks so others can have access to these coloring cartoons in their own cities, towns and communities. Make copies and pass them out to kids and help keep them safer too. It could help prevent unintended injuries and potentially save lives.
Jim Weicherding is a Burrillville resident, and the founder and creator of an award-winning traffic safety effort Seasons of Safety. Weicherding contributes kids’ coloring cartoons, which can be printed and used to help parents discuss safety issues with their children. He has a long list of police officers and firefighters in his family and has worked with law enforcement and firefighters in a creative public safety capacity for more than two decades. Jim was recently appointed to Children Across America as their events and creative director for their child safety programs initiatives and outreach kids safety campaigns nationwide.