Keeping our kids safe-we’ve got the tools and tips to help parents get started and a $90 SANUS flat panel TV wall mount to giveaway

Congrats to our winner Christian!

When my daughter was an infant, I remember boiling her bottle nipples at 2 a.m.; the thought of her drinking a bottle with an unsterilized nipple was not even a consideration. Like most well-intentioned, slightly overbearing parents, I want to protect my kids from the big bad evils that lurk around every imaginable corner of our planet. When they’re safely nestled within the confines of our houses eating their organic macaroni and cheese and squirting antibacterial gel into their grubby little hands, I breathe a sigh of relief. Unfortunately, keeping them in this safety bubble is more about alleviating my own anxiety and, as much as I’d like to freeze time, I know it is fleeting.

So I am resolving to get my family ready for emergencies and employing some of these safety tips.


Canine behaviorist Julie Cattabiani shares these precautions that should be taken in regards to children and their family dogs. Here are some of Ms. Cattabiani’s rules when it comes to dog and child etiquette.

No dog, no matter how good or how long you’ve had it and trust it, should ever be left alone with a child. In the split second that you may leave your child alone, the results can be disastrous. You just never know what a dog may misinterpret from your child.

A young child clearly doesn’t understand if she innocently pulls a piece of her dog’s hair out or sticks an object at it, the dog can react out of pain and/or dominance. Dogs also see children differently than adults. Some will see the children as a playmate; others will see them as competition or both. Dogs must be taught how to behave around children.

Do’s and don’ts:

Don’t: Allow your dog to jump on children.

Don’t: Allow your dog to take your children’s toys.

Don’t: Allow your child to play rough or tackle the dog. Dogs see this as dominance and may react violently.

Don’t: Allow your child to run much around the dog. This can attract your dog’s “prey drive,” causing it to want to chase and grab your child.

Don’t: Allow your child to sleep with the dog. There is a danger of suffocation depending on the size of child, and dog. Wrapping arms around or giving hugs can also be seen as very dominant behavior to a dog.

Don’t: Take your frustrations out on your dog and yell or hit the dog. This does not teach respect from your dog.

Do: Praise your dog for doing the appropriate behaviors. Dogs want to please people; they just need to know how.

Do: Instruct your children to tell you when the dog does inappropriate things. Tell them not to attempt to take anything away from the dog, rather, tell them to tell an adult.

Do: Instruct your children on how to understand dogs and how dogs view things.

Do: Take your dog for walks with your children. Instruct your children on how to walk the dog properly if they are old enough.

Do: Seek professional help if you need it.

Do: Include your dog in activities with your children when you can, and socialize your dog as much as possible.


A little known fact — at least to me — is that your local firehouse is always open to you. Families are always welcome to visit and learn about the inner workings of a firehouse and its brave firefighters. And, if they’re not able to accommodate you, the firefighters definitely will give you a rain check! For firehouse locations, check out: For more kid-friendly fire safety information like; how to escape a house fire, check out:

And of course TELEVISION safety

For many Americans, a flat panel TV is a great way to enjoy family time and entertainment.  However, most parents are unaware of the safety risks that flat panel TVs pose for kids.  Due to increasing size and new ultra thin designs, today’s flat panel TVs can easily tip over when bumped or pulled, toppling off of furniture and causing injury or even death.

Check out this SANUS TV Safety Video:


Bringing this risk to the forefront, SANUS, the leading designer and manufacturer of flat panel TV wall mounts, has partnered with Safe Kids Worldwide.  By educating consumers on the risk of unsecured flat panel TV’s, SANUS and Safe Kids Worldwide offer safe solutions for families across the nation by reducing TV tip-over related injuries and fatalities.A 2011 US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) report on flat panel TV safety revealed:

·         A child is killed every three weeks from an unsecured TV

·         Every 45 minutes a child visits an emergency room due to a TV tip-over related injury

·         Between 2000 and 2011, 215 fatalities have resulted from TV tip-over

·         An estimated 17,000 people each year, the majority of which are children, are treated for injuries from TV tip-overs

·         Reported cases have increased almost 25% from 2006  to 2010, and over the last 10 years, injuries have increased by 31%

SANUS TV Mounting Tips:

Easy 1, 2, 3 installation with a wall template to ensure even placement

  • Online video walkthrough of simple installation available at any time
  • No additional tools necessary – all required installation hardware is included in package
  • Live customer support available 6 days a week


SANUS encourages you to join their efforts and advocate mounting of flat panel TV’s in your homes and is offering  one reader a complimentary flat panel SANUS TV Vuepoint Mount F180, courtesy of SANUS (  The reader can receive a mount that fits their respective TV.  For a chance to win leave a comment with one thing you are doing to keep your child safe this summer! For a second entry you can Follow @MelissaSChapman on Twitter and Retweet this giveaway! For a Third entry you can Like The Staten Island family on facebook! For a fourth entry you can follow MelissaSChapmanwriter on Instagram and for a fifth entry you can follow @MelissaSchapman on Pinterest Good luck! Giveaway ends June 18th!  

This post is part of a sponsored conversation with Sanus but as is always the case all opinions are my own.


  1. Emily Mahr says

    To keep my child safe, we have reviewed the rules relating to strangers and reminded him that he is not to leave the yard. Also, we put a screen fence around the pool

  2. Kenny Hall says

    Making sure they do not run around the pool! So many accidents occur from running/slipping on the concrete around pools.

  3. Olivia Rubin says

    Making sure we are well protected from Mosquitos. They are bad this summer in Florida..larger than usual

  4. Denise Konkel says

    Making sure my child wears a life vest while at the lake this summer. Always hear about 1 or 2 deaths each summer at the lake we live by, very terrifying.

  5. says

    As we attend events at theme parks etc. I will have my kids where a temporary tattoo with a
    QR code that can be read in the event that they get lost that includes our phone number.

  6. sandra davis says

    will be keeping sunscreen on the kids and making sure they stay hydrated
    sandradavis07 at comcast dot net

  7. Saver Sara says

    We’ll keep a close eye on him and teach him about running into the street (he’s two and just learning!)

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