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Make laundry safety a priority this summer

Published: Saturday, June 22, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

Tip of the Week

During the summer, when we’d all rather be outside, it can be all too easy to turn on the “autopilot” switch and rush through household tasks like laundry. However, during times like these it’s important to take the time to think about your daily routine and how to better incorporate safety. Kids are curious by nature and get into everything, making it vital that all laundry and cleaning products are kept out of reach of children.

In addition, with the recent introduction of single-load liquid laundry packets - a product that’s easy-to-use but needs to be handled differently than liquid detergent - it is a good time to revisit your laundry routine to ensure your children’s safety.

There are small things you can do before, during and after your laundry routine to help keep your laundry room as safe as possible during the summer months and throughout the year. The American Cleaning Institute (ACI) offers the following steps to help you take your laundry routine off autopilot:

Before you start your laundry:

• To reduce the risk of curious children getting into single-load liquid laundry packets, as soon as you bring them into your home, immediately store them safely away, either out of reach or within locked cabinets or drawers.

• Keep single-load liquid laundry packets in their original containers with the labels intact to prevent misuse. Teach young children that laundry products and their containers are not toys.

• Familiarize yourself with laundry product labels and know where the safety information is located on the label.

• In the event of an emergency, also keep the Poison Control Center at 800-222-1222.

While doing laundry:

• Focus on your laundry routine and reduce distractions by doing this task in the absence of young children.

• Know exactly how to handle single-load laundry packets:

• Do not let children handle laundry packets

• Do not puncture or pull packets apart

• Packets quickly dissolve upon contact with water, wet hands, or saliva so it is necessary to keep them dry

• If packets rupture, they can release contents into the eyes

After you finish up:

• Always close the single-load liquid laundry packet container or pouch and make it a habit to put them away immediately after use.

• Never use empty single-load liquid laundry packet containers for storage of any other materials, especially for anything intended for human consumption.

Family Movie Night

“Now You See Me”

Rated: PG-13

Length: 115 minutes

Synopsis: An FBI agent and an Interpol detective track a team of illusionists who pull off bank heists during their performances and reward their audiences with the money.

Violence/scary rating: 3

Sexual-content rating: 3

Profanity rating: 3

Drugs/alcohol rating: 2.5

Family Time rating: 3. Not a bad family film, but it probably only will appeal to older teens.

(Ratings are judged on a five-point scale, with 5 being “bad for kids” and 1 being “fine for kids.”)

Book Report

“Hope Solo: My Story (Young Readers’ Edition),” by Hope Solo

Ages: 8-12

Pages: 256

Synopsis: In this young readers’ edition of Hope Solo’s exciting life story, adapted from “Solo: A Memoir of Hope,” the double Olympic gold medalist and starting goalkeeper for the U.S. women’s national soccer team gives readers behind-the-scenes details of her life on and off the field.

Solo offers a fearless female role model for the next generation, driven to succeed on her own terms.

Her relentless spirit has molded her into the person she is today - one of the most charismatic athletes in America. - HarperCollins Publishers

Did You Know?

According to a report published in JAMA Pediatrics, flaxseed does not help children lower their cholesterol. Some evidence suggests it helps adult lower theirs, but it doesn’t work in kids.

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