The consumer group W.A.T.C.H. — World Against Toys Causing Harm — has released its list of the "10 Worst Toys of 2019" just as millions of U.S. consumers are checking off items on their children's letters to Santa. The toy-safety group highlighted a government report that showed toys marketed as harmless fun have killed more than three dozen U.S. children in recent a two-year period. In the dangerous toys report released Tuesday, W.A.T.C.H. included such toys as the Nerf Ultra One, Pogo Trick Board, and a realistic looking toy submachine gun it said could be mistaken for the real thing and result in a child being shot and killed. Some popular toys can be lethal in the hands of children, the toy-safety group said, citing the most recent Consumer Product Safety Commission statistics that show an estimated 251,700 toy-related injuries in the United States in 2017. The agency also said a reported 37 children died in toy-related incidents from 2015 to 2017, toy-related injuries … [Read more...] about ’10 Worst Toys Of 2019′ Revealed Ahead Of Holiday Shopping Season
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FAIRFAX, VA — Fairfax County Fire and Rescue will be collecting toys for children in need as part of the region's annual Toys for Toys campaign. Collections start on Wednesday, Nov. 20 and continue until Friday, Dec. 13. Toys for Tots has been an effort led by the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve since 1947 to ensure children in need can feel the joy of unwrapping a toy on Christmas. The campaign draws participation from over 800 communities covering all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. The fire department's effort is part of the Quantico Toys for Tots campaign. Last year, Fairfax County Fire and Rescue collected over 15,000 toys.The fire department and other designated collection sites are open. Only new, unwrapped toys will be accepted. Toys used as weapons or considered to be weapons such as toy guns or knives will not be accepted. Checks or money orders for donations can be made payable to Toys for Tots. Toys will not be accepted after … [Read more...] about Toys For Tots Collections Begin: Where To Donate In Fairfax Co.
BOULDER, CO — More than 275,000 lights will flicker on Sunday in Boulder's Civic Area to celebrate the holiday season, and plenty of festive events are just around the corner. The City of Boulder has announced a lineup of programs, entertainment and activities. (Stay up-to-date on Boulder news with Boulder Patch! There are many ways for you to connect and stay in touch: Free Newsletters and Email Alerts | Facebook) Switch on the Holidays - Nov. 24 5 p.m. - 1300 Block of Pearl StreetJoin the countdown to the grand illumination of the Boulder County Courthouse and the Pearl Street Mall. St. Nick on the Bricks - Nov. 29 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Saturday, until Dec. 21 - Visitor Information Center, 1303 Pearl St. Kids of all ages can visit with Santa for free at the Downtown Boulder Visitor Information Center. Whether you are asking for a fire engine for Tommy, a new doll for Molly, or a diamond ring for mommy, bring your list and a camera to capture priceless holiday memories. … [Read more...] about Boulder Holiday Events Guide 2019: Parade, Winterfest
ACROSS COLORADO – Summerlike weather has arrived to much of the United States, and with it comes one of the most dangerous time for kids, 42 of whom died in hot cars last year. A new report from the National Safety Council shows that even as deaths due to vehicular heatstroke rise, fewer than half of U.S. states have any kind of law addressing it. Every state, including ours, is lacking in protection, failing to receive an A grade from the safety council. What does exist in 21 states is a patchwork of laws, only eight of which include the possibility of felony charges when children are deliberately left alone in hot cars. Some laws lack teeth — police in Rhode Island, for example, give a verbal warning if someone leaves a child alone in a car. Other laws suggest there are time periods when children are "safe" in a hot car, the opposite of what the National Safety Council wants people to know: Children are never safely left unattended in a car. Colorado got a C from the … [Read more...] about Hot Car Deaths: Colorado Has Weak Laws To Protect Kids – Study
Story highlights In the '80s, it was commonplace for parents to leave kids home alone after school Authors say the "fear factor" from 24/7 coverage of child abductions led to a decline in latchkey kids Explore "The Eighties" Thursdays at 9 p.m. starting March 31 only on CNN Kelly Wallace is CNN's digital correspondent and editor-at-large covering family, career and life. Read her other columns and follow her reports at CNN Parents and on Twitter @kellywallacetv. (CNN)When I was 12, my mom started working full-time. There wasn't the money to hire a sitter for those after-school hours, nor even the thought of it. No one in my neighborhood, a small working-class community in Brooklyn, did that. So I would walk home from school, and then my older sister and I would take care of our younger sister, who is six years younger than I am, when she got home from school, until Mom came home by dinnertime. Our afternoons consisted of making snacks, doing homework and the occasional … [Read more...] about From ’80s latchkey kid to helicopter parent today