New Parents Network

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Save water at home

Tucson residents are world-class water savers. Our combined average daily residential and non-residential water consumption (known as "per capita" water consumptionŸ??gallons per capita per day, or gpcd) is generally 160 gallons. That's far below the average rates in other parts of Arizona and the western United States.

The Skin Cancer Foundation

Since its founding in 1979, The Skin Cancer Foundation has set the standard for educating the public and the medical profession about skin cancer, its prevention by means of sun protection, the need for early detection, and prompt, effective treatment. It is the only international organization devoted solely to combating the world's most common cancer, now occurring at epidemic levels.

Teach your children to NOT use an elevator during a fire, and other tips of safety for tornadoes, earthquakes, tsunamis, and flooding

Why can't I use the elevator instead of the stairs during a fire alarm? It isn't appropriate to use an elevator during a fire or similar building emergency. Elevators are designed to be recalled to a floor, usually the lobby, during alarm conditions. In unusual circumstances, an elevator malfunction might cause the elevator to travel to the fire floor, thus exposing the occupants to the fire.

Ways to prevent tooth decay in babies - one example, don't "clean" your child's pacifier with your saliva

Tooth decay is actually an infectious disease that is transmitted from caregiver to child between the ages of 6 and 36 months of age. A bacteria called mutans streptococci is mainly responsible. Babies are born without this bacteria but become infected through intimate contact (sharing utensils, etc.) with caregivers (usually mothers). Ways to prevent tooth decay in young children: * Do not share utensils (spoons, straws, etc.) with your child.

Suggestions for parents while they are discussing their child's report card

Helpful Tips:

1. SIT DOWN with your child and look over the report card.

2. PRAISE YOUR CHILD. Find at least one good thing: attendance, no tardies.

3. BE CALM! Let your child tell you about his poor grades.

4. ASK how you can help your child do better.

5. ASK what your child can do to make better grades.

6. MAKE A PLAN with your child's teacher to help your child do better.

Child care center safety tips for care givers and parents

Child Care Center Safety Tips

To help care givers and parents provide a safer environment for young children, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) offers the following safety tips checklist.

Outdoor Playgrounds Look for safe surfacing on playgrounds, wood chips, mulch, and shredded rubber are good shock-absorbing materials. In addition, regularly check playground surfacing and equipment to make sure they are well-maintained. Proper and well-maintained playground surfacing helps protect against serious head injuries from falls.