Halloween Safety


As you get candy and costumes prepared for tomorrow, be sure to prepare for safety as well.

Halloween is an exciting day for kids. They are focused on their costumes and candy, and may forget their basic safety knowledge, like checking both ways before crossing the street.

Taking a few minutes to talk to your kids about Halloween safety can ensure that everyone has a fun, safe night.

Safe Kids Worldwide has some great tips to keep the kiddos safe this Halloween. Some of the tips they mention are:
  • Walk Safely
  • Trick of Treat with an Adult
  • Keep Costumes Both Creative and Safe
  • Drive Extra Safely on Halloween

They go into detail on all of these tips, which you can learn more about at their website, or see their tip sheet below.

Take some time to talk to your kids about Halloween safety. Be safe and have fun!

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October 22 is Make a Difference Day. Started in 1992, Make a Difference Day has evolved into "one of the largest annual single-days of service nationwide. Volunteers from around the nation come together with a common mission: to improve the lives of others."

According to their website, "Make A Difference Day shows that anyone, no matter of age or background, can make an impact on their community. Thousands of projects take place every October. Some large, many small. But each effort makes an important difference to our communities."
Having a strong community is vital to the fabric of our society and to the fabric of who we are as individuals. Strong communities help each other. Strong communities are there when others aren't. Here at Southfield Youth Assistance our mantra is Strengthening Families Through Community Involvement

The old adage goes, "it takes a village to raise a child." When you think of all of the people who influence a child's upbringing, you realize the old adage is true. Think of all the people who influenced you as a young person. From parents, grandparents, family, friends, teachers, coaches, counselors; this list could go on and on. The importance of that village, that community, is vital to the positive growth and development of each and every young person. 

You may be thinking to yourself, "what can I do? I am just one person in this big world." One of our SYA board members, Ollie Colvard, said it best at our 2015 Youth Recognition Breakfast when she said, "...be a part of the village..." and "...jump in where you fit in." The smallest act of service can have a major impact on your community.

Southfield Youth Assistance is always seeking volunteers and board members to help fulfill our mission of preventing delinquency and neglect of our youth. From joining our board, assisting at our events throughout the year, or making a financial contribution, we cannot do what we do without our dedicated community.

For another way to help out in our community, check out our blog post about the Celebrity Readers Program through Southfield Public Schools.
Today marks the first day of Fire Prevention Week. According to National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), "Fire Prevention Week was established to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire, the tragic 1871 conflagration that killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, destroyed more than 17,400 structures and burned more than 2,000 acres. The fire began on October 8, but continued into and did most of its damage on October 9, 1871."

This years theme is "Don’t Wait – Check the Date! Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years." There are many things we can do to prevent fires. Checking your Smoke Alarms is a very important step in fire prevention. 

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) offers the following tips: 
  • Smoke alarms should be replaced every 10 years.
  • Make sure you know how old all the smoke alarms are in your home.
  • To find out how old a smoke alarm is, look at the date of manufacture on the back of the alarm; the alarm should be replaced 10 years from that date.

You can learn more about Fire Prevention on the NSPA website, http://www.nfpa.org/.

If you don't have smoke alarms, you should install them immediately. If you need assistance with smoke alarms at your home, you can contact the American Red Cross of Southeast Michigan.
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Our friends at Avondale Youth Assistance are hosting 2 FREE Bullying Awareness events on Thursday, October 6.

The first adult program is "Bullying: What You Need to Know and What You Can Do" Thursday, October 6, Avondale Meadows Media Center, 7-8:30pm.

At the same time we are offering a kids assembly, "UP Standers Rock" which will be held in the Avondale Meadows Cafeteria.

Please contact Avondale Youth Assistance at (248) 852-3716 or avondaleyouth@gmail.com to reserve space for children.

Both programs are FREE and take place at Avondale Meadows, 1435 W Auburn Road, Rochester Hills.
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October is Bullying Prevention Month. Started in 2006 by PACER, the program "actively leads social change, so that bullying is no longer considered an accepted childhood rite of passage. PACER provides innovative resources for students, parents, educators, and others, and recognizes bullying as a serious community issue that impacts education, physical and emotional health, and the safety and well-being of students."
According to PACER's National Bullying Prevention Center, "almost 1 of every 4 students will be bullied this year." The PACER website, www.pacer.org/bullying, has a wealth of resources on bullying.

As a parent/guardian, what should you know about bullying?

PACER suggests that you should:
  1. Talk with your child
  2. Support and empower your child
  3. Learn your rights
  4. Think through who else should be involved
  5. Get involved in the community

Check out the "Helping Your Child" page of the PACER website for more in-depth insights into each of these suggestions.