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Local Child Safety Chapter

By Richie Ann Ashcraft
“Riiiiichhhhiiieee!!!” Sigh…"what?" “He’s eating conditioner!” “S*&^.” “You think he’s okay?” “Well how much did he eat?” “I don’t know. Some chunks off the top of the bottle.” I made a quick mental rundown of the lists of ingredients I thought I could remember. Mom Assessment: “I think he’ll be okay as long as he didn’t eat too much.” The thing is no matter how hard you try, no matter how many times you crawl on your belly to inspect under couches, despite how diligent you are about relocking the cabinets and shutting the bathroom door, stuff happens. The Mesa County Health Department said in a press release that unintentional injuries is the number one killer of children. They are organizing a new group to help parents protect their children called Safe Kids Mesa County. The first meeting will be from 4-5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 23 at the Mesa County Health Department, 510 Road 29 1/2. The group will address topics such as bicycle safety, pedestrian safety, poisoning prevention, water safely, firearm safety, and suffocation. For information, visit www.usa.safekids.org. I visited and read the poison prevention tips. You just can’t be too careful or assume you know it all no matter how old the child is.