How can my child be safe on the road when walking?
Stay on the sidewalk or far over on the shoulder facing traffic
Children under age nine should walk with an adult
Children over age nine should walk in a group or with older children
Poison Prevention
Safe School Lunches

Keeping foods fresh and appetizing can be a challenge. Food poisoning can happen when food is not prepared or stored properly. The cause of stomach cramps, diarrhea or even vomiting might be blamed on a “flu bug” when it could be caused by a “food bug”. Food poisoning sometimes takes a few days to show up.


Following these few simple tips will help ensure your child’s lunch is not only enjoyable, but safe to eat.
 

Clean, Clean, Clean: 

  • Wash your hands well with soap and hot water for 20 seconds before you begin making lunch. 
  • Teach your children to wash their hands before they eat. Provide a moist wipe in their lunch box if they don’t have access to soap and water.  
  • Wash all cooking tools and surfaces with soap and hot water. 
  • Clean reusable lunch boxes or bags.  
  • Wash all fruits and vegetables well with clean water. 
  • Clean re-usable water bottles daily with hot soapy water.  

 Keep Cold Food Cold: 

  • Use insulated lunch boxes with freezer packs or frozen juice boxes to keep cold lunches cold. 
  • Keep lunch boxes out of direct sunlight and away from radiators or other sources of heat.  
  • Refrigerate or freeze sandwiches before packing them for lunch when possible.  
  •  Don’t use meat, chicken, seafood, eggs, mayonnaise or dairy products in the lunch if it can’t be kept cold in a refrigerator or with freezer packs.  

 Keep Hot Foods Hot:

  • Use an insulated container to store hot foods such as soup.
  • Pre-heat insulated containers by fillling with boiling water for a minute, pour out water and fill with hot food right away.