Safe Toys and Gifts Month – Avoid Accidental Injuries

A Guide for Safe Toys and Gifts Month

Avoid Injuries Associated With Unsafe Toys

Tis the season for giving, December is a special month as there are many religious and cultural celebrations this time of year. Because of this, the tradition of gifting our loved ones this time of year as a way to show our love and appreciation has become widespread.

We at Altus Emergency Centers would also like to show our appreciation for the loving support we have received from the communities we serve this year, and taking advantage of December being Safe Toys and Gift Month, we have prepared a simple safe toys guide for holiday gift shopping.

According to the latest report from the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, an estimated 240,000 toy-related injuries were treated in Emergency Rooms across the country in 2016. This highlights the importance of gifting safe toys this Holiday Season.

 

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What to look for and what to avoid when buying toys?

Most of the toy-related injuries reported to the CPSC last year were children under the age of 15, and 39% of these injuries were due to lacerations, contusions, or abrasions.

New toys are constantly entering the market, we recommend you follow a watchdog site to receive updates on recalled toys, so you can avoid purchasing them or return them if you already have.

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The Safe Toys Guide:  What to Look For

It’s important to acknowledge that unless you know what to look for, it’s difficult to know the difference between the safe toys and gifts and the potentially dangerous ones.  Please read the following to be aware:

  • Always look for the “ATSM” label on toys, having this label means the toy has passed the standards set by the American Society of Testing Materials.
  • If your gift includes art supplies these should be labeled as non-toxic.
  • Read labels to ensure toys do not contain led paint.
  • Toys made of fabric should be labeled as flame resistant or flame retardant.
  • Make sure the label on any stuffed animals indicates it can be washed.
  • Always make sure you are gifting a toy appropriate for the child’s age, maturity, and abilities.
  • Always read the warnings and safety precautions that come with the toys.
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The “Bad Toys” – What to Avoid

  • Toys with sharp edges, or those with spikes, rods, or dangerous rigid points.
  • Projectile toys or those that include flying parts as these can cause unintentional injuries. Remember that BB guns are not toys.  If you insist purchasing one, be mindful if the child’s age and never leave them unsupervised.
  • Only buy toys that will withstand impact, if you fear the material might break into dangerous shards do not buy it.
  • Avoid excessively loud toys, if the sound is too loud it could damage your child’s ears.
  • Avoid toys with long pull strings, try keeping these to less than 7 inches.
  • If you have children under the age of 3 avoid any toys with small parts that they can put in their mouths

Most Common Toy Injuries in Children

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The risk of not heeding the warnings associated with Safe Toys and Gifts Month are many.  According to the CPSC report, the top toy categories that are related to injuries in children are:

  • Nonmotorized Scooters which accounts for 20% of all reported injuries in 2016.
  • Toys Not Specified were responsible for 24% of all incidents reported last year.
  • Toy Balls accounted for 9% of injuries
  • Toy Vehicles caused 6% of the injuries

Top Toy Related Injuries Resulting in Trips to the ER

The most common injuries attended by emergency room medical staff last year were:

  • Lacerations
  • Contusions and Abrasions
  • Strains and Sprains
  • Fractures
  • Internal Injuries
  • Ingestion of toys or toy parts
  • Concussions
  • Dislocation
  • Puncture Injuries

Toy Gifting Safety Tips

Buying the perfect gift involves a lot more than just buying the most popular toy this season.  The gift of safety is priceless, and it doesn’t require much work, all you need to do is follow these Safe Toys and Gifts Tips:

  • Buy age-appropriate toys, all toys describe the age they are appropriate for, even video games.
  • Do your homework, investigate which toys are not considered safe and avoid those.
  • Read all the warning labels and follow the precautions that accompany the toy.
  • Learn how to properly use the toy, and then teach your kids how to do use it.
  • Buy quality toys, we know they might be more expensive, but good quality materials are less likely to break and cause injury.
  • Have an adult present when children are opening their gifts, inspect the toy to ensure it is safe before allowing your kids to play with it.
  • If you are giving or have received edible gifts, beware of ingredients that may trigger allergies or food sensitivity symptoms.
  • Ask your friends and family to place their presents in a safe place where children cannot grab them.

Altus Emergency is Open 24/7 During the Holidays

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Altus Emergency Centers is here for you 24/7 during all of the holidays.  We implore you to keep these toy safety tips in mind to help avoid a possible injury.  However, if your child sustains any type of injury or any other type of emergency situation please visit your nearest Altus ER. We provide the very best medical emergency care in the most urgent of situations.

From our family at Altus Emergency Centers to yours, we wish you a happy and safe Holiday Season!

$100 Free Landry’s Gift Card Lake Jackson Christmas Raffle

Lake Jackson Christmas Raffle

Like, Tag and Share to Win a $100 Free Gift Card and other Goodies!

Enter the Altus Emergency Center Lake Jackson Christmas Raffle! You could be the lucky winner of a Christmas Stocking packed with a FREE $100 Gift Landry’s Gift Card and other surprise goodies!

 

Here’s to the Magic of the Season!

The sights and sounds of Christmas are all around! At Altus Emergency Centers, we’re overjoyed to sprinkle the spirit of Christmas in our beautiful Lake Jackson community.  This is our way to thank you for warmth and solidarity over the years and we wish you a very happy and healthy Christmas!

 

We invite you to enter our Free Lake Jackson Christmas Raffle!

 

  • How to Participate:  Like, Share Publicly & Tag 2 Friends

  • Draw Date: Thursday, December 21st 2017

How to Enter the Christmas Raffle

SOCIAL MEDIA GIVEAWAY RAFFLE: Just Like, Tag & Share to Enter!

It’s Free to Participate in the #LakeJacksonXmasRaffle. Hurry! The Winners will be drawn on Thursday, December 21st, 2017!

PARTICIPATE BY SHARING WITH YOUR FRIENDS! You can participate through all of our social media pages!

FACEBOOK: Visit our Altus Emergency Lake Jackson Facebook and Like, Share Publicly & Tag 2 Friends.

TWITTER: Follow our Altus Emergency Centers Twitter page and Like, Retweet & Tag 2 Friends.

INSTAGRAM: Follow our Altus ER Baytown Instagram and Tag two friends in the comments. If you haven’t already, like us today!

May the Magic and Thrill of the Holiday Season Stretch On!

 

We wish everyone the best luck in your participation of our Altus Emergency Center Lake Jackson Christmas Raffle. Remember to SHARE PUBLICLY as we always check to make sure that the post shows up on your page.

After all of the sharing is done, stay tuned to find out if YOUR name comes up as the winner of a Stocking Filled with a $100 Free Gift Card and other Goodies sponsored by Altus Emergency Centers.

We Wish You a Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year,
– Altus Emergency Centers Lake Jackson

Altus Emergency Centers
Freestanding ERs. Saving Lives 24/7. No Lines.

Rules:

  • Social Media: You must Like our Page, Share the Post Publicly & Tag Two Friends.
  • You will rack up contest entries through our social media pages.
  • The winner will be rewarded with 1 free Christmas stocking stuffed with a $100 Gift Card from Landry’s Inc. and other stocking stuffers.
  • In order to receive your prize, the winner must present a valid photo ID and agree to have a photo taken.
  • The following are not eligible to participate in the contest: employees of the company, affiliates, or any agency working with the company, and their immediate families.
  • Altus Emergency is not liable should any Social Media site experience any issues or downtime.
  • Any disputes relating to eligibility will be determined solely by Altus Emergency.
  • Altus Emergency reserves the right to modify or discontinue this program at any time without prior notice.
  • The Raffle Draw will take place on 12-21-2017.

Baytown Christmas Raffle – Free Stuffed Stockings

Baytown Christmas Raffle

Like, Tag and Share to Win Two Free Stuffed Christmas Stockings!

Enter the Altus Emergency Center Baytown Christmas Raffle! You could be the lucky winners of 2 Christmas His and Her Stockings packed with two FREE $50 Gift Cards and lots of goodies!

Santa is Early this Year!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! At Altus Emergency Centers, we’re overjoyed to share in the Holiday Cheer with our beautiful Baytown community.  Thank you for staying with us yet another year and we wish you a very happy and healthy Christmas and New Year.

We invite you to enter our Free Baytown Christmas Raffle!

  • RAFFLE PRIZE THAT’S UP FOR GRABS:  $100 VALUE FREE CHRISTMAS RAFFLE GIVEAWAY.  Win 2 Christmas stockings stuffed with a $50 Target Gift card each and surprise stocking stuffer gifts!

  • How to Participate:  Like, Share Publicly & Tag 2 Friends

  • Draw Date: Wednesday, December 20th 2017

HOW IT WORKS

SOCIAL MEDIA GIVEAWAY RAFFLE: Just Like, Tag & Share to Enter!

It’s Free to Participate in the #BaytownXmasRaffle. Hurry! The Winner will be drawn on Wednesday, December 20th, 2017!

PARTICIPATE BY SHARING WITH YOUR FRIENDS! You can participate through all of our social media pages!

FACEBOOK: Visit our Altus Emergency Baytown Facebook and Like, Share Publicly & Tag 2 Friends.

TWITTER: Follow our Altus Emergency Centers Twitter page and Like, Retweet & Tag 2 Friends.

INSTAGRAM: Follow our Altus ER Baytown Instagram and Tag two friends in the comments. If you haven’t already, like us today!

What Will You Get if You Win?

We wish everyone the best luck in your participation of our Altus Emergency Center Baytown Christmas Raffle. Remember to SHARE PUBLICLY as we always check to make sure that the post shows up on your page.

After all of the sharing is done, stay tuned to find out if YOUR name comes up as the winner of Pair of Stuffed Christmas Stockings sponsored by Altus Emergency Center Baytown.

Merry Christmas from all of us at Altus Emergency Centers Baytown!

Altus Emergency Centers
Freestanding ERs. Saving Lives 24/7. No Lines.

Rules:

  • Social Media: You must Like our Page, Share the Post Publicly & Tag Two Friends.
  • You will rack up contest entries through our social media pages.
  • The winner will be rewarded with 2 free stuffed Christmas stockings.
  • In order to receive your prize, the winner must present a valid photo ID and agree to have a photo taken.
  • The following are not eligible to participate in the contest: employees of the company, affiliates, or any agency working with the company, and their immediate families.
  • Altus Emergency is not liable should any Social Media site experience any issues or downtime.
  • Any disputes relating to eligibility will be determined solely by Altus Emergency.
  • Altus Emergency reserves the right to modify or discontinue this program at any time without prior notice.
  • The Raffle Draw will take place on 12-20-2017.

Lufkin Christmas Raffle Giveaway

Lufkin Christmas Raffle Giveaway

Like, Tag and Share to Win a Family Pack of Free Stuffed Christmas Stockings!

Enter the CHI St. Luke’s Health Memorial – Emergency Center Lufkin Christmas Raffle. You could be the lucky winner of a Family Pack of Stockings Stuffed with over $200 worth of FREE Goodies & Gift Cards!

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Lufkin Christmas Raffle Giveaway 2017

WIN 4 Christmas Stockings Stuffed with FREE Goodies & Gift Cards for Mom, Dad & the Kids! All you have to do to participate is Like, Share Publicly & Tag 2 Friends. The Draw is on December 20th!

It’s Beginning to Look a lot like Christmas!

Christmas Joy is happening all around us, it even snowed! At CHI St. Luke’s Health Memorial – Emergency Center, it’s our pleasure to serve lovely Lufkin, Texas.  We thank you for trusting us to care for you and your loved ones during times of urgency.  We’re happy to work with the community to help forge a happier and healthier future for Lufkin.  More than anything else, we love to spread smiles!

Enter our Free Lufkin Christmas Raffle!

  • RAFFLE PRIZE THAT’S UP FOR GRABSParticipate in our free Lufkin Christmas Raffle for a chance to win 4 stockings stuffed to the brim with great gifts including: yummy sweets, techie fun items, two (2) $25 Free Gift Cards and one Free moviepass.com subscription. 

  • How to Participate:  Like, Share Publicly & Tag 2 Friends

  • Draw Date: Sunday, December 20th, 2017

HOW IT WORKS

SOCIAL MEDIA GIVEAWAY RAFFLE: Just Like, Tag & Share to Enter!

It’s Free to Participate in the #LufkinXmasRaffle. Hurry! The Winners will be drawn on Wednesday, December 20th, 2017!

PARTICIPATE BY SHARING WITH YOUR FRIENDS! You can participate through all of our social media pages!

FACEBOOK: Visit our CHI St. Luke’s Health ER Facebook and Like, Share Publicly & Tag 2 Friends.

INSTAGRAM: Follow our chi_st_lukes_er Instagram and Tag two friends in the comments. If you haven’t already, like us today!

We’re Checking the List, Checking it Twice!

We wish everyone the best luck in your participation of our CHI St. Luke’s Health Memorial – Emergency Center Lufkin Christmas Raffle. Remember to SHARE PUBLICLY as we always check to make sure that the post shows up on your page.

After all of the sharing is done, stay tuned to find out if YOUR name comes up as the winner of Family Pack of Stuffed Stockings sponsored by CHI St. Luke’s Health Memorial – Emergency Center Lufkin.

We Wish You a Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year 2018!

Rules:

  • Social Media: You must Like our Page, Share the Post Publicly & Tag Two Friends.
  • You will rack up contest entries through our social media pages.
  • The winner will be rewarded with 4 free stuffed Christmas stockings.
  • In order to receive your prize, the winner must present a valid photo ID and agree to have a photo taken.
  • The following are not eligible to participate in the contest: employees of the company, affiliates, or any agency working with the company, and their immediate families.
  •  CHI St. Luke’s Health Memorial Emergency Center is not liable should any Social Media site experience any issues or downtime.
  • Any disputes relating to eligibility will be determined solely byCHI St. Luke’s Health Memorial Emergency Center.
  • Altus Emergency reserves the right to modify or discontinue this program at any time without prior notice.
  • The Raffle Draw will take place on 12-20-2017.

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Fun Handwashing Tips for Kids

Fun Handwashing Tips for Kids

Tricks to Show Your Kids How to Wash Their Hands Correctly

This is the final day of National Handwashing Awareness Week. For adults who don’t spend a lot of time with children, this celebration might seem a little unnecessary, but to parents who are constantly trying to get their kids to wash their hands before eating, after going to the restroom and when they come inside from playing, this is an extremely important event.

As always, we at Altus ER have some effective tricks up our sleeve to help you parents instill good hygiene habits onto your kids, handwashing can seem a boring chore for kids, but we are here to help you make it less of a chore and more of a fun activity.

Why Should You Teach Your Kids Proper Handwashing Techniques?

Proper handwashing is the best way to prevent children from becoming sick and spreading germs. Teaching your kids to wash their hands with soap and water will help prevent them from contracting the following illnesses:

  • The common cold and flu virus

  • Hepatitis A

  • Meningitis

  • Bronchiolitis

  • And many types of diarrhea

What is the proper way to wash your hands?

Are your Hands Really Clean?

A study conducted by researchers at the Michigan State University in 2013, revealed that an alarming 95% of people do not properly wash their hands.

The CDC’s guidelines for washing hands include the following steps:

  • Wet your hands with water (temperature does not matter).

  • Lather your hands with soap, make sure you apply soap to the back of your hands as well.

  • Scrub your hands for 20 seconds or more, make sure to scrub the back of your hands, wrists, in between fingers and under the fingernails.

  • Rinse with plenty of water.

  • Dry your hands thoroughly with a clean towel or air dryer.

Fun Ways to Get Your Child to Wash Their Hands

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Sing a Song

The CDC recommends you sing happy birthday twice when you are scrubbing your hands to ensure you do it for at least 20 seconds, it’s probably not the best song to have your kids sing every day as they might expect a birthday present and cake.

You can create your own song about washing hands, or you can use a popular one that is sung to the tune of “Row your Boat” it goes like this: “wash, wash, wash your hands, wash them nice and clean. Scrub the fronts and scrub the backs and scrub the in-between” You will need to sing this at least twice.

Buy Fun Soaps

Kids love to play, so why not let them play with soap? Buying fun shape soap bars or liquid soap that have their favorite characters on the label is a good way to get kids to want to wash their hands.

Get Creative

Here are some more fun and creative ideas to get your kids to want to wash their hands:

  • Mix some glitter with water in a spray bottle, spray their hands with this mixture then have them wash it off, if you have more than one kid turn it into a friendly competition to see who can get the glitter off first.

  • Teach your kids how to blow soap bubbles, have them later and scrub their hands properly and then show them how they can make a circle with their thumb and forefinger and blow bubbles.

  • Buy them a water safe toy and have them give it a proper wash.

  • Make a game where you task your kids to get rid of pesky germs by scrubbing their hands, make funny noises and in the end, say bye, bye germs.

When Should You Pay Altus Emergency Centers a Visit?

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Teaching your children to properly wash their hands is something that will safeguard them for life, however, regardless of how careful you are with their hygiene, there will be times when they will get sick, and that is when Altus Emergency Centers will be there to take care of your little ones.

Altus Emergency Centers is here for you during the worst of the flu season and the rest of year 24/7.  We hope you don’t fall victim to the flu virus this year, but if you do, and you show any of the above signs, visit your nearest Altus ER.  We will be here to nurse you and your loved ones back to health and enjoying the December holidays.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas Musical – Free Tickets Raffle

How the Grinch Stole Christmas Musical

Like, Tag and Share to Win Two Free Tickets to the AT&T Performing Arts Center!

Enter the How the Grinch Stole Christmas Musical Free Tickets Raffle! You could be the lucky winners of 2 FREE TICKETS to watch the live musical version of this timeless Dr. Seuss Christmas Classic! This Free Christmas Raffle is brought to you by Altus Emergency Center Waxahachie.

What’s in it for the Winners!

Altus ER Centers, will make this a December to Remember for a lucky couple! Discover the true meaning of Chrismas from the Grinch!

He’s a mean one Mr. Grinch – but oh what a charmer!  Joyously Wicked and Funny – The New York Times.

HOW IT WORKS

SOCIAL MEDIA GIVEAWAY RAFFLE: Just Like, Tag & Share to Enter!

It’s Free to Participate in the #FreeGrinchMusicalTickets. Hurry! The Winners will be drawn on Friday, December 15th, 2017!

PARTICIPATE BY SHARING WITH YOUR FRIENDS! You can participate through all of our social media pages!

FACEBOOK: Visit our Altus Emergency Waxahachie Facebook and Like, Share Publicly & Tag 2 Friends.

TWITTER: Follow our Altus Emergency Centers Twitter page and Like, Retweet & Tag 2 Friends.

INSTAGRAM: Follow our Altus ER Waxahachie Instagram and Tag two friends in the comments. If you haven’t already, like us today!

Do you think the Grinch Will Have a Heart?

We wish everyone the best luck in your participation of our Altus Emergency Center Waxahachie Free December Raffle.  Remember to SHARE PUBLICLY as we always check to make sure that the post shows up on your page.

After all of the sharing is done, stay tuned this Friday to find out if YOUR name comes up as the winner of our How the Grinch Stole Christmas Musical – Free Tickets Raffle sponsored by Altus Emergency Center Waxahachie.

Merry Christmas from all of us at Altus Emergency Centers Waxahachie!

Altus Emergency Centers
Freestanding ERs. Saving Lives 24/7. No Lines.

Rules:

  • Social Media: You must Like our Page, Share the Post Publicly & Tag Two Friends.
  • You will rack up contest entries through our social media pages.
  • The winner will be rewarded with 2 free tickets to the How the Grinch Stole Christmas Musical.
  • In order to receive your prize, the winner must present a valid photo ID and agree to have a photo taken.
  • The following are not eligible to participate in the contest: employees of the company, affiliates, or any agency working with the company, and their immediate families.
  • Altus Emergency is not liable should any Social Media site experience any issues or downtime.
  • Any disputes relating to eligibility will be determined solely by Altus Emergency.
  • Altus Emergency reserves the right to modify or discontinue this program at any time without prior notice.
  • The Raffle Draw will take place on 12-15-2017.

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