Burn Awareness Week – February 1 – 7, 2015

child burnPediatric Scalds

  • The average annual cost of scald injuries is $44 million
  • Over 136,000 children were seen in emergency rooms for burn in 2011
  • 1,100 children die each year from fire and burns

The American Burn Association give the following information to protect children from burns.

Do

  • Set water heater temperature to no higher than 120°F/48°C, or just below the medium setting
  • Create a “no kid zone” in the kitchen around stoves, ovens and hot items Keep hot drinks/food away from the edge of tables and counters
  • Use travel mugs with tight-fitting lids for all hot drinks
  • Place pots and pans on the back burner with handles turned away from the edge of the stove

Don’t

  • Leave a child unattended in the bathtub; if you must leave, take the child(ren) with you
  • Allow young children to adjust the water temperature, and when bathing young children, seat the child away from faucets
  • Set anything hot on tablecloths or placemats, as young children can pull them down
  • Allow appliance cords (slow-cookers, deep-fryers) to dangle over the counter edge

www.ameriburn.org

Lorene Bartos, Extension Educator, Nebraska Extension in Lancaster County
http://lancaster.unl.edu

Families & Divorce

Children and divorceMy children were only ages 6, 4 and 2 when their dad and I separated. After a year of counseling and mediation, we divorced. Twenty years later, my divorce is still something I don’t talk about very often. What is important to share is how important it was to shift from focusing on the issues my ex-husband and I had as a couple, to making sure we stayed partners raising our children.

As divorced or separated parents, we don’t always realize the amount of pain a child feels – no matter what their age. Recently, we were contacted by a volunteer who works with homeschool students. One of the students shared his feelings about divorce and how he sometimes felt caught in the middle. This student happened to find our Nebraska Extension resources on-line and wanted to share something he also had found helpful especially from the child’s perspective: “When a Child of Divorce Visits Parents: Think of the Child” (here’s the **link ).

Nebraska Extension offers programs and resources for families who are going through a divorce, custody modification or paternity proceedings. Co-Parenting for Successful Kids is a class focusing on helping parents understand the impact on their children and provide concrete steps parents can take to help their children succeed through the process. These classes are held throughout Nebraska and are available on-line. If you live outside of Nebraska, contact your local extension office to see if there are similar programs in your state.

Here are some links to Nebraska Extension Resources you may find helpful or would like to share:

Best wishes,

Soni

Responsive. Innovative. Trusted.
Nebraska Extension provides research-based information to help you make informed decisions any time, any place, anywhere – http://lancaster.unl.edu

(**Disclaimer: linking to this commercial site does not imply approval or constitute endorsement by Nebraska Extension)

Happy Birthday! We’re going to have chicks!

4-H Embryology - Science and Life Skills

4-H teaches science and life skills at school, home and on the Web

One of the most exciting, hands-on and science-based 4-H School Enrichment programs in our office is 4-H Embryology. Hundreds of local third grade classrooms in Lancaster County, Nebraska study the science of embryology and learn life skills by hatching chicks in their classrooms.

We’re on the first session of 4-H Embryology – eggs have been in classroom incubators since the first week of January. When bringing the eggs, our staff teach children about growth and development of an embryo, how to take care of the eggs and chicks after they hatch. Our staff also candle the eggs so the children can see the embryo growing inside the egg. Personally, I love teaching this session! Seeing the wonder on the student’s faces when they see the small embryo move and the blood vessels growing in the egg is priceless!

To watch the live view of eggs in the 4-H EGG Cam incubator, visit http://lancaster.unl.edu/4h/embryology/eggcameravideo.shtml

These eggs on camera now are scheduled to hatch January 27-28 but we’ve already got pipping in our office incubators! Pipping is when the chick breaks through the shell of the egg. After pipping through, it will take another 4-6 hours for the chicks to hatch.

Nebraska Extension in Lancaster County 4-H4-H EGG Cam is a live view of the incubators in our office. Classrooms around the world watch chicks hatch. We also have poultry clubs, enthusiasts and families tuning in to share in this amazing experience with us! You can also join us on Facebook to discuss what’s happening on camera! https://www.facebook.com/4HEGGCam

Remember – If you don’t live in Lancaster County, Nebraska, please make sure to check out your local extension office too. Your extension office has resources for you, your family and community. To find your local office, visit http://lancaster.unl.edu/office/locate.shtml (nationwide listing).

Have a great day!!

Soni

Responsive. Innovative. Trusted.
Nebraska Extension provides research-based information to help you make informed decisions any time, any place, anywhere – http://lancaster.unl.edu

#SALUTE! The February 2015 issue of the free NEBLINE is now on-line

 

The NEBLINE Newsletter

The February issue of The NEBLINE newsletter is now on-line. Timely articles for you and your family! Here are some of the articles featured in this issue – – – – Visit http://lancaster.unl.edu/nebline and click on the link to the February 2015 NEBLINE!

  • Extension Salutes Our Dedicated Volunteers, Worth Half a Million Dollars Annually
  • 6 Ways to Workout While Cooking
  • Who Mentors Your Children and Grandchildren?
  • 40 Developmental Assets for Adolescents
  • Choosing a Fire Extinguisher
  • Rain Gardens — A Green Solution to Acreage Stormwater Management
  • February Garden Guide
  • 2015 Flower All America Selections
  • Keeping Nuisance Wildlife from Bird Feeders
  • Meet the Lancaster County Extension Board
  • 4-H & Youth News, Events and more
  • …. and much more

If you don’t live in Lancaster County, Nebraska, please make sure to check out your local extension office too. Your extension office has resources for you, your family and community. To find your local office, visit http://lancaster.unl.edu/office/locate.shtml (nationwide listing).

Have a great day!!

Soni

Responsive. Innovative. Trusted.
Nebraska Extension provides research-based information to help you make informed decisions any time, any place, anywhere – http://lancaster.unl.edu