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4 days ago
Child Safety Event 4 days ago

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Planning and organizing a month full of baby and child safety activities in your community is a great way to keep residents healthy and safe.

Here are a few ideas of activities to arrange and include.

 

Car seat checks

 

Local law enforcement agencies, fire departments, and sometimes hospitals, offer free car seat checks periodically within their communities.

 

Arrange a day to have a safety-certified car seat inspector come to your community and assess car seat safety for residents. Or you can also share the video below as a refresher, or for those who are unable to attend the live event.

 

 

***TIP*** Car seat inspections in your community should be voluntary but highly encouraged.

Inspections, installations, and reinstallations if needed, will all ensure that parents have their car seats installed correctly. A car and booster seat safety drive will also ensure that parents know how to properly seat and buckle their children.

 

Home safety training

 

Team up with local home visitor or child advocacy agencies to offer home safety classes in your community. Encourage parents - especially new parents and those with small children - to attend.

 

Home safety checklists

 

Along with your monthly newsletter, you can give out home safety and child safety checklists to residents. You can mail these out with a bill, post them to doors, or email them out to residents.

 

To encourage participation, invite residents to complete all the items on the list and agree to a safety inspection from a member of staff to qualify for some kind of safety prize.

As prize giveaways, you can organize raffles for a wide range of safety prizes like new car seats, baby gates, baby monitors, electrical outlet covers, doorknob covers, drawer latches, and other smaller safety supplies.

Print out this
SafeKids Worldwide home safety checklist or as for free pamphlets and guides from your local Department of Health.

 

You can also use any checklists you find online as inspiration for creating a unique checklist for your community.

Post safety signs around your community

 

While you’re in the spirit of safety - take a walk around your community and inspect any safety signs and equipment.

Are all your community’s signs legible and in good repair? If not, fix, replace, or even add additional signage as needed.


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Inspect playground equipment, depth of bark under playgrounds, pool gates, and other common areas for hazards you may have overlooked.

 

Ignoring all these things is both unsafe for residents and can open you up to lawsuits as well – so be careful!

 

Child safety social media campaign

 

Make a habit of scheduling daily child safety tips to your social media accounts. Remind residents of ways to keep their children safe in your community year round.

This can include reminders about pool safety, gate safety, helmet usage, and parking lot speed-limit reminders.  (Note:  In order to not be discriminatory, make sure that all signs that have rules associated with them apply to ALL residents - not just children.)

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Offer free courses

Share links to free online safety courses like those offered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC offers a free
Heads Up concussion training course for parents, teachers, coaches, and other caregivers.

Sport Safety International also offers a free 20 min.
online course about heat safety which is a great refresher course for parents and caregivers to take every year.

 

Remember, if you take a full month to focus on resident safety issues, you will raise more awareness and get more interest in your ongoing activities and events.

However, safety comes first year-round, so consider making this a recurring event with your residents every few months.

 

 

Have fun and stay safe!

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I Predict You Will Like This Idea: Fortune Cookie Day 3 weeks ago

Fortune cookie day – which always falls on Sept. 13th - is a silly, fun, and delicious holiday

Fortune cookies, those crisp thin folded cookies that usually contain a short note of wisdom or a vague life prediction, are always a fan favorite.

Sometimes the cookie’s message also includes a Chinese phrase or even a string of lucky numbers that some use as lottery numbers.  We have better ideas on this front, so read below!

History of fortune cookies

You may be surprised to learn fortune cookies as we know them today are a uniquely Western invention. Mostly found in America, fortune cookies are not a Chinese tradition at all.

Some immigrant groups and businesses in California claim to have popularized this now common cookie in the early 20th century. However, others believe that this unique cookie was adapted from Japanese-style tea cookies - even though the original cookies did not contain the notes and lucky numbers as we know them today.

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Getting your cookies

The easiest way to get enough cookies to share with all your residents is to order bulk cookies with custom messages from KC Fortune Cookie Factory or Fancy Fortune Cookies

You can also make your own! 

Here’s a tutorial that shows you how to mix up small handmade batches of this fun iconic treat.

However, keep in mind that getting the cookie cooked and shaped before it cools is no easy feat.

Customizing the Message

This is, by far, the best part of this idea!  What we have found over the years is that the fortunes end up being pretty boring, or sometimes they aren't even fortunes at all, like "a family is a key to a healthy life."  While that may be true, it has no pizzazz!  So we highly recommend you take some time and really have fun with them.

 

If you are having trouble being creative or funny, here are two options:

1)  Make them extremely specific:  "On July 23rd 2019, a person wearing a brown coat will change your life."  I guarantee you they will keep that fortune and be waiting for that brown coat!  

2)  Make them purposefully bland and mundane:  "Next month you will step in gum and be sad.  You will try to scrape it off on the curb, but it won't all come off."  

Whatever you do, resist the urge to make them self serving:  "You will enjoy living at the Park Hill Apartments!"  Ugh.  Here is my fortune:  Someone is going to do this and completely ruin the idea.

 

Giving out the cookies

Distributing cookies and sharing the hidden messages is all part of the fun! 

One way to give away all the fortune cookies to residents is to just hand them out at the entrance and exit of your community. On Fortune Cookie Day, you can pass out fortune cookies to residents at the gate as they leave for work or school. 

 

You can also encourage residents to stop by to pick up their cookies at the office on Fortune Cookie Day.

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No matter how you give them out to residents, remind them to share their fortunes with the community by posting pictures of their fortunes to social media. 

 

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Soap Hockey! 2 months ago

Ok, I have no idea what this would do to the grass around the play area. And it might be a good idea to have them sign waiver forms just in case... But doesn't this look like a blast?!

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An Evening of Clown Magic 2 months ago

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