Cook Flavorful Food With Fewer Calories

The following Family & Consumer Science article printed in the March 2, 2017 edition of the Oldham Era.

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More Flavor, Fewer Calories

Looking for ways to make fewer calories deliver more nutrition? Search for recipes that help you trim energy intake. Make sure to read all available nutritional information. You can even find phone apps that help you count calories and track other nutritional information such as vitamins, fiber, and sugar.

Sometimes, you may need to use a little of “the real thing” to get the flavor you crave. Start by reducing fats and sugars rather than cutting them out completely. Here are some tips for cooking to add flavor without too much fat or added sugar:

  • For some foods, like cheese or salad dressings, try reduced-fat instead of fat-free products. You may want to try using a ratio of two-thirds reduced-fat product to one-third real thing.
  • Try using one-third less sugar in your recipes or using a sugar substitute like stevia.
  • Make your sweet treats count. Cook with fruits, vegetables, and low-fat dairy ingredients in muffins and in desserts like banana pudding or sweet potato pie.
  • Add whole-wheat, soy, flax, or oatmeal to pancakes for more flavor and fiber.
  • Try roasting or smoking vegetables to give them more flavor without added calories.
  • Herbs and spices give foods distinctive flavors. When food is flavorful we may be satisfied with a smaller amount. Experiment with herbs like marjoram, thyme, or rosemary to see what tastes good to you. Buy herbs and spices on sale to stock your shelf with many possible ways to flavor your foods.
  • Garlic, onions, and celery add a lot of flavor with few calories.
  • When cooking a rice or pasta side dish, add frozen spinach or canned mushrooms to cut calories and add flavor.

healthy low calorie snack

Try new recipes and experiment with flavor profiles! Check out this low calorie, low sodium Apple Coleslaw recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 2 apples (1 red, 1 green), cored and chopped
  • 1/2 head of green cabbage, shredded (3 cups)
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 3/4 cup low fat vanilla yogurt
  • Optional: raisins or grapes

Directions:

  1. Mix yogurt and honey in a large bowl.
  2. Add other ingredients, mix together lightly.

Makes 12 servings.
Serving size: 1/2 cup
Cost per recipe: $3.38
Cost per serving: $0.28
Nutrition facts per serving: 45 calories, 0 g fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 25 mg sodium, 10 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 7 g sugar, 1 g protein

healthy apple coleslaw recipe

Find more healthy recipes like this on the Oldham County Extension website.

Educational programs of the Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service serve all people regardless of economic or social status and will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnic origin, national origin, creed, religion, political belief, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, marital status, genetic information, age, veteran status, or physical or mental disability.

Written by Janet Mullins, Extension Specialist for Food and Nutrition, and Lauren State, Oldham County Extension Staff Assistant. Recipe from Debra Cotterill, Director of Kentucky Extension Nutrition Education Program.

FAFSA Changes Effective Soon

The following Family & Consumer Science article printed in the September 22, 2016 edition of the Oldham Era.

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Upcoming FAFSA Changes

FAFSA Changes Effective in 2016

If you or your child has gone to college, chances are you’ve filled out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, better known as FAFSA. Changes to this form announced by the Obama administration in 2015 are about to go into effect for the 2017-2018 school year.

One of the biggest changes to the application is how soon you can fill it out. You can submit the form for the 2017-2018 school year beginning Oct. 1, 2016. This is several months sooner than in previous years. With the filing deadline remaining June 30, 2017, it will give you more time to fill out the form, explore your financial aid options, and meet state and school deadlines for aid. Remember, Kentucky is a first-come, first-served state when it comes to financial aid awards. You will want to get your FAFSA in as soon as possible if you plan on receiving state aid. Once the money is gone, no other awards will be given.

A second major change is that you now will submit older tax data to the FAFSA. In previous years, college-bound students and their families have had to estimate their income on the FAFSA and update it once they file their taxes. This change does away with the estimation and updating. For the 2017-2018 year, you will submit your 2015 income and taxes. Since these taxes have already been filed, you may be able to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool to automatically place your 2015 tax information into your FAFSA.

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The Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority has great information for college-bound individuals and links to useful tools like the FAFSA4caster, which can give you an estimate of your net cost for college now. Visit their website for more information.

Oldham County Community Scholarships is a local non-profit organization that provides financial aid to Oldham County students. Community members and businesses contribute to these scholarships. Since 2004, Oldham County Community Scholarships has awarded more than $800,000 to high school students pursuing college. For more information, visit the organization online at www.occs-ky.org.

Extension offices often offer financial education programs for people of all ages. The Oldham County Extension Homemakers, for example, offer two $700 scholarships each year. Oldham County Homemakers, their children, and their grandchildren are eligible to apply. These scholarships can be used for any educational purpose. For more information, contact the Oldham County Cooperative Extension Service at (502) 222-9453.

Educational programs of the Cooperative Extension Service serve all people regardless of race, color, sex, religion, disability or national origin.

Written by Jennifer Hunter, Family Financial Management Extension Specialist. Edited by Lauren State, Oldham County Extension Staff Assistant.

2016 Oldham County Fair Winners

The following article printed in the August 18 edition of the Oldham Era.

Agriculture Department

The following received one or more blue ribbons in the Youth Division of the Agriculture Department:

Zac Clute Andrew Fraim Gillian Gattenby
Sarah Griffin Melody Hardin Sarah Hardin
Ashley Potts Lauren Potts Porter Salisbury

The following received one or more blue ribbons in the Adult Division of the Agriculture Department:

Buck Ashlock Andy Brooking Nanette Dietmeyer
Bob Fishback Elizabeth Griffin Ashley Haselton
David Ragsdale LeAnne Smith

In the Agriculture Department, Melody Hardin was the Youth Division Champion, and Bob Fishback was the Adult Division Champion. Bob Fishback’s jalapeno peppers also won Best in Show in the Adult Division. Sarah Hardin’s sweet bell peppers won Best of Show: Youth.

4-H Department

The following received one or more blue ribbons in the 4-H department:

Samantha Aguilar Hannah Anderson Maggie Anderson
Noah Anderson Rebekah Anderson Peyton Ash
Will Barber Charlie Beckmann Ryan Bivens
Reagan Cheatham Camille Clickner Jack Coleman
Lilly Crook Rebekah Degnan Heather Denny
Alex Dunkle Kailey Greenwell Gage Griffin
Sarah Griffin Ryan Hawkins Katelyn Head
Isabelle Heady Benny Hernandez Beth Huffman
Abigail Hutchens Ethan Jasinski Katelynn Jasinski
Lindsay Jasinski Zach Jasinski Carmen Kelly
Rylee Kelly Keirsten Kennedy Emmett King
Anna Laverty Drew Laverty Molly Logsdon
Connor Mackenzie Ruby Mason Adelle Minor
Olivia Minor Taylor Morrison Adam Mouchrani
Carrie Olds Ella Olds Carter Onan
Izzy Perez Keira Puckett Audrey Roberts
Brianna Ross Savannah Satterly Cameron Schulte
Coral Schulte Isabella Timmons Cortney Wells
Hannah Wilkins Jessica Wilkins Zach Wilkins
Lexie Willett Ryleyann Willett Karmen Woods
Joey Woosley April York

The following were division champions and will proceed to the Kentucky State Fair:

Hannah Anderson Noah Anderson Rebekah Anderson
Will Barber Rebekah Degnan Lilly Crook
Kailey Greenwell Sarah Griffin Ryan Hawkins
Beth Huffman Abby Hutchens Ethan Jasinski
Katelynn Jasinski Lindsay Jasinski Zach Jasinski
Keirsten Kennedy Emmett King Anna Laverty
Drew Laverty Molly Logsdon Ruby Mason
Adelle Minor Olivia Minor Carrie Olds
Ella Olds Izzy Perez Keira Puckett
Audrey Roberts Brianna Ross Cameron Schulte
Coral Schulte Karmen Woods

Home & Family Arts Department

The following received one or more blue ribbons in the Junior Division of the Home & Family Arts Department:

Gage Birchmeier Weslee Bodenheimer Mary Elizabeth Broecker
Breann Crouch-Edgar Sarah Griffin Emily Holliday
Ethan Jasinski Lucy Pike Eliza Stewart

The following received one or more blue ribbons in the Open Division of the Home & Family Arts Department:

Karen Bergstrom John Black Kathleen Cursh-Gray
Emily Diamond Jolene Griffin Traci Jones
Susan Lancaster Rebecca Mings Tara Paine
Deborah Patton David Ragsdale Elizabeth Rosenberg
LeAnne Smith Lauren State

The following received one or more blue ribbons in the Senior Division of the Home & Family Arts Department:

Mary Broecker Betty Doggendorf Chris Duncan
Larry Duncan Judie Faltz Joanne Ferguson
Jolene Griffin Susan Lancaster Barbara Lynch
Ronnie Meier Angela Morris Carolyn Nowatka
Carol Orlove Dorothy Servino Diane “Candy” Thompson

In the Home & Family Arts Department, Ronnie Meier’s quilt won Best of Show, an award sponsored by the Oldham County Log Cabin Quilters, for the second year in a row. Mary Elizabeth Broecker is the Junior Division Champion with five blue ribbons and $30 in premiums. Elizabeth Rosenberg is the Open Division Champion. Her thirteen entries totaled $72 in premiums. Barbara Lynch is the Senior Division Champion with seven entries and $34 premium money.

Breastfeeding Basics

The following Family & Consumer Science article printed in the July 28, 2016 edition of the Oldham Era.

Breastfeeding Basics

Breastfeeding is a natural part of being a mother, but unless you or a family member have done it, it may be one that you know little to nothing about. August 1-7 is recognized as World Breastfeeding Week is August 1st through 7th, the entire month of August being National Breastfeeding Month.

Breastfeeding benefits both babies and their mothers. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, breastfed babies have lower risks of asthma, childhood leukemia, childhood obesity, ear infections, eczema, diarrhea and vomiting, lower respiratory infections, sudden infant death syndrome, and Type 2 diabetes. Mothers who breastfeed their children have lower risks of developing Type 2 diabetes, certain types of breast cancer, and ovarian cancer.

While breastfeeding is a natural process, it does not come without challenges, worries, and issues. If you are pregnant, now is a great time to discuss your desire to breastfeed with your doctor. Depending on your health conditions and medications, it may not be a viable option.

If you are a mother who is having trouble breastfeeding, talk to your health care provider to get help. Your doctor may also be able to refer you to a local professional who is trained to address breastfeeding concerns and provide tips. In many areas, moms can join local breastfeeding support groups. The La Leche League International also hosts an online forum for breastfeeding mothers to share their stories and concerns with others.

A common worry for mothers is the public perception of breastfeeding in public places. In 2006, however, Kentucky passed a law allowing mothers to breastfeed in any public place where they and their children would otherwise be allowed; and businesses, municipalities, or other people should not interfere, restrict, or prohibit them from doing so.

Remember, breastfeeding is a personal decision. All moms deserve support regardless of how they decide to feed their infants. They should not feel guilty if they cannot or choose not to breastfeed.

Call the Oldham County Health Department at (502) 222-3516 for further information on breastfeeding. The Oldham County Extension Office also provides information about healthy living. Contact us at (502) 222-9453, or visit us online.

Educational programs of the Cooperative Extension Service serve all people regardless of race, color, sex, religion, disability or national origin.

Written by Nicole Peritore, Extension Specialist for Family Health. Edited by Lauren State, Oldham County Extension Staff Assistant.

Cheap Summer Vacations

The following Family & Consumer Science article printed in the May 12, 2016 edition of the Oldham Era.

Budget Trip Tips

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Summer Travel on a Budget

Warm, sunny days often inspire hitting the road to discover new things. But the dream of getting away may seem impossible to some of us when the costs of traveling – including food, lodging and entertainment – are piled on top of everyday living expenses.
inexpensive family vacation
These tips may make it easier for you to get away without breaking the bank.

  1. Shorten the length of your stay. Everyone would love to stay on the beach for a week, but for some, that may not be economically feasible. Instead of canceling your trip, look at your budget and see what you can afford. You may find that you save several hundred dollars just by shortening your stay by a few days.
  2. Choose off-season vacation spots. While summer is the peak season for most places, destinations that do the majority of their business during the winter months like ski resorts may offer discounts during the off-season. You won’t be able to ski, but you can enjoy nature, restaurants, and tourist attractions, not to mention fewer crowds.
  3. Look for last minute deals or specials if you are flexible with your dates. Airlines and hotels often offer discounts to fill empty seats and vacant rooms. Make sure you book with a reputable company when searching the Internet for deals.
  4. Save money by eating in. Food can be one of the biggest expenses of a vacation next to lodging. Consider bringing food or purchasing it at a local grocery store instead of dining out for every meal. Breakfast and lunch may be easy to do, if you have refrigerator access or are okay with grab-n-go food. Access to a kitchen in your room or vacation rental could help you prepare a couple of home-cooked meals for your family.
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  6. Have a staycation. Become a tourist in your own city or region. In Oldham County, we have attractions like Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve, Oldham County Farm Tours, and historic downtown La Grange. You can also contact the Oldham County Tourism Commission toll-free at 1-800-813-9953 for more information on free or low-cost summer events offered in the county.
  7. Set a budget and follow it. Make sure everyone in your family knows and agrees to the daily spending allowance. Families can plan each day’s events based on their budget.
  8. Start a vacation savings account for next year. Like Christmas savings accounts, some banks offer vacation club savings accounts. These allow you to spread the cost of the vacation over an entire year instead of being hit with a lump payment at once.

cheap family vacation
For more information on topics related to family financial management, contact Family & Consumer Science Agent Chris Duncan at the Oldham County Cooperative Extension office.

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Educational programs of the Cooperative Extension Service serve all people regardless of race, color, sex, religion, disability or national origin.

Source: Jennifer Hunter, Extension Specialist for Family Financial Management. Edited by Lauren State, Oldham County Extension Staff Assistant.

Master Clothing Volunteer

The following Family & Consumer Science article printed in the March 31, 2016 edition of the Oldham Era.

Extending Knowledge

Become an Extension Master Clothing Volunteer

If you’re interested in making sewing more than just a hobby, Cooperative Extension’s Master Clothing Volunteer program might be right for you. Recruitment for the Master Clothing Volunteer Class of 2016 is ongoing through the end of June.

A master volunteer is an individual who goes above and beyond the traditional volunteer role. Master Clothing Volunteers have basic knowledge of sewing and garment construction skills. They are interested in receiving in-depth training in the subject and are dedicated to helping others learn their art.

The Kentucky Master Volunteer in Clothing Construction Program has been certifying individuals since 1990. A new class of volunteers is selected every two years. The class of 2016 will be the 13th class to begin the certification process.

Participation in the Master Clothing Volunteer program is highly selective. Only two individuals are selected from each of the state’s 14 extension areas. Individuals must first apply to the program at their county’s extension office, where they are already an approved volunteer. From there, a county committee will screen the applicants. Individuals will be notified by mail about the status of their application. Those selected will advance to an area screening committee. The committee will make their selections based on an individual’s sewing knowledge and people skills drawn from the application and an interview.

Those selected to participate in the program will attend a statewide training, Oct. 18-21 at the Lake Cumberland 4-H Educational Center in Jabez and begin the certification process. During this process, they will receive training on subject matter, record keeping, teaching, and people skills. They will also make a written commitment to give back a specific amount of time to Cooperative Extension and the community by teaching basic sewing skills to groups of individuals. After completing the volunteer requirements, the individual will become a Certified Master Clothing Volunteer recognized by the Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service as a trained professional aide.

Applications are available at county extension offices. For more information on becoming a Kentucky Master Clothing Volunteer, contact the Oldham County Cooperative Extension Service.

Educational programs of the Cooperative Extension Service serve all people regardless of race, color, sex, religion, disability or national origin.

Source: Marjorie Baker, extension associate for clothing and textiles

Public Safety Tips

The following Family & Consumer Science article published in the March 24, 2016 edition of the Oldham Era.

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Stay Aware to Stay Safe

Two women were recently attacked in two La Grange parking lots. Both attacks occurred in the evening, and each woman was in her car when a man approached her with a gun and demanded money.

One robbery victim, however, successfully evaded her attacker by being aware of her surroundings and employing protective measures. She noticed the man ducking suspiciously in the shadows of a nearby building. By keeping her doors locked and her car running, she was able to shield herself from the attacker and then exit the situation by driving away.

Protect yourself from potentially dangerous situations with the following public safety tips.

Public Safety Tips | Parking Lot Safety

Take Mom’s advice: look both ways before you cross the street. Cars with quieter engines can sneak up on you if you don’t keep watch around you. An approaching cyclist may make no noise at all.

Pay attention. While walking through a parking lot, don’t wear headphones or stare at your phone, setting yourself up to be surprised. Watch for cars backing out of parking spots; you may be in a driver’s blind spot. When available, use sidewalks and crosswalks to protect yourself from inattentive drivers.

As well, try to walk through more open areas rather than weaving between parked cars. This helps create more space between you and a potential attacker, giving you more time to react.

Public Safety Tips | Setup Safety Measures

Give yourself time to react to potential dangers. Sitting in an unlocked car may open yourself up to a surprise attack. Simply locking the doors prevents getting caught off-guard. Additionally, lock your car before walking away to keep a potential attacker from hiding in your back seat.

Carry a loud whistle that you can use to alert others in the area of a dangerous situation. There is safety in numbers. You’re never too old for the buddy system.

Public Safety Tips | Maintain Your Calm

Most people mean to do no harm, and instances of crime may be few and far between in your community. Being prepared, however, is the best defense in any potentially dangerous situation. Keeping calm and alert can also help protect you in the case of an accident.

Keep your eyes open, and watch out for yourself and others around you.

Sources: Michelle Bufkin, AU Agriculture Communications Student/EDEN Community of Practice Social Media Assistant, “Tips about Returning to Campus Safety.” Ohio University Extension, “Safety Tips.” Oregon University Extension, “Safety & Risk Management.”

Written by Lauren State, Oldham County Extension Staff Assistant. Reviewed by Chris Duncan, Oldham County Family & Consumer Science Agent.

KY 2016 Resolution Restart

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The following Family & Consumer Science article printed in the January 14, 2016 edition of the Oldham Era.

2016 New Years Resolutions

Trying to rescue a failed New Year’s resolution? Help yourself to a healthy dose of motivation.

When people monitor their behavior and measure their progress, they are often inspired to do better and achieve positive results. The Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service is launching an online Small Steps to Health and Wealth™ (SSHW) Challenge called “Kentucky 2016 Resolution Restart.” This free four-week program is designed to help you improve both your health and personal finance behaviors.

To sign up for the SSHW Challenge, follow the SSHW Online Challenge link available on the National Steps to Health and Wealth™ Challenge website. Register an account, then enroll in the challenge titled “Kentucky 2016 Resolution Restart.”

The SSHW Challenge is part of Small Steps to Health and Wealth™, a national Cooperative Extension program developed to motivate Americans to take action to simultaneously improve their health and personal finances. SSHW was built around a framework of 25 research-based behavior change strategies.

The SSHW Challenge is based on the performance of ten recommended daily practices, five that involve health and nutrition and five that involve financial management. Ten points are given for performing each one for a maximum of 700 points per week and 4,200 points for the entire challenge.

The five daily health and nutrition practices are: eat at least four cups of fruits and vegetables; get at least 30 minutes of exercise; drink water or unsweetened beverages instead of sugar-sweetened beverages; walk 10,000 or more steps; and learn something new about health and nutrition.

The five daily financial management practices included in the SSHW Challenge are: save a $1 bill (or more) and/or pocket change; save/invest $5 or more per day (including automated retirement savings plan deposits); track money spent throughout the day; eat lunch prepared at home; and learn something new about personal finance.

As participants enter their personal data, they will see their point totals for each day of the week and for each of the ten activities described above. A bar graph also compares their personal progress to the average scores of everyone else participating in the Challenge. Daily motivational messages will also be provided to participants.

Adding even one of the ten recommended practices to your daily routine is a great way to get started on the path to better health and improved financial security. The more SSHW Challenge activities that are performed by participants, the better. Challenge yourself to better health and wealth today.

Written by Barbara O’Neill, Financial Resource Management Extension Specialist, and Karen Ensle, Family and Community Health Sciences Educator. Edited by Lauren State, Oldham County Extension Staff Assistant. Reviewed by Chris Duncan, Oldham County Extension Family & Consumer Science Agent.

Managing Holiday Stress

The following Family & Consumer Sciences article appeared in the December 24, 2015 edition of the Oldham Era.

Dealing with your child’s challenging behavior during the holidays

While we like to think of the holidays as a picture-perfect Norman Rockwell painting, they tend to be the exact opposite and full of stress for everyone around. Think about it — from buying presents and extra food to visiting relatives you hardly ever see, stress can come from all sides during this time of the year.
As adults, we have learned how to cope with at least some of these holiday stresses over the years, but for young children, these stresses can be extremely difficult to handle. As a result, you may find your child acting out more than normal.

Here are some suggestions to help you and your children better navigate holiday stress.

  1. Keep them busy. With colder temperatures and inclement weather, it can be hard for children to burn off their energy. That can cause boredom and restlessness. When some children try to find a cure for their boredom, it can lead to undesirable behaviors. Child development specialists encourage parents to find ways to keep children busy during the season to curtail some of these challenging behaviors. This really isn’t as difficult as it sounds, if you allow your child to share in some of the responsibilities of the holidays like cooking, shopping, wrapping presents and volunteering.
  2. Preparation is key. Ready your child for a visit with relatives you only see once or twice a year. If your children have seen the relatives before, remind them about things they did together the last time the relatives were in town. Realize that very young children may not remember relatives who visited from a previous year. Let your child know you’ll be there for them during and after the visit. Talk with your visiting relatives beforehand and let them know your children may not be exceptionally warm toward them at first and to give the children some time.
  3. Maintain some sense of normalcy. This can be especially difficult if you are traveling to a place your child has never been before, but encourage them to pack familiar toys, books and pillows for the trip. Some children may need to stick to their normal schedule to help maintain their behavior. Try to eat and sleep at the same times. If you are hosting relatives, continue to have your child do their normal chores or participate in any normal activities.
  4. Set realistic expectations. Some of us set unrealistic expectations on big events throughout the year, with the holidays being the culmination. No matter how hard we try, the holidays will never be cookie-cutter perfect. Realize that your children are still children, and some of their undesirable behaviors may just be a phase they are going through or normal for their age. A 2-year-old will not likely sit quietly through dinner. A 4-year-old may become impatient waiting to open gifts. A 10-year-old may be bossy, especially to younger children. Keeping this in perspective will help you and your children have a less stressful holiday.

You can get more information about childhood development topics at the Oldham County Extension office.

Educational programs of the Kentucky Cooperative Extension serve all people regardless of race, color, age, sex, religion, disability, or national origin.

Written by Angelica Reina, Senior Extension Specialist.

Heavy Objects Could Threaten Children

The following Family & Consumer Science article printed in the November 12, 2015 edition of the Oldham Era.

Children’s Safety First

Televisions, dressers, refrigerators, stoves — we all have them. But did you know that these items could pose serious danger to your children if not properly secured? This is especially true for those with toddlers or young children who love to climb and explore.

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, one child died every two weeks between 2000 and 2010 as the result of furniture, a TV, or appliance falling on top of them. Between 2008 and 2010, the commission estimates more than 22,000 children age eight and younger were treated in hospital emergency rooms from injuries sustained by accidentally pulling a heavy household item over on themselves.

Child Safety: Secure Furniture and Appliances

Securing large, heavy objects like TVs either to the wall or the floor can help keep your child safe from such accidents. Mounting brackets are available at most appliance, large retail, and hardware stores. Most new furniture now comes with anti-tip brackets.

If you’re unable to anchor these items, you can still take precautions to protect your child. Place TVs on low, sturdy bases. If TVs must be placed on top of furniture, make sure the furniture piece is sturdy enough to hold the device and push the TV as far back as possible to make it harder for children to reach.

Child Safety: Prevent Accidents

Mirrors attached to dressers could also pose a falling hazard. Securing it to the wall can help ensure that the mirror will not fall over if the dresser is bumped.

Never leave any item, such as a remote or toys, on top of a heavy household object as it may tempt children to climb on top of something to reach it. Keep all dresser drawers closed. If left open, they may provide an enticing pathway for children to climb on. Make sure your TV and cable cords are out of reach of children; pulling on these cords can easily topple the large electronics.

When purchasing household appliances with anti-tip brackets, ensure those brackets are properly installed.

Never leave your child alone in a room where these safety precautions have not been taken. More information on ways to keep your family safe is available at the Oldham County Cooperative Extension Service.

Educational programs of the Kentucky Cooperative Extension serve all people regardless of race, color, age, sex, religion, disability, or national origin.

Source: Nicole Peritore, UK Family Health Extension Specialist; the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

Edited by Lauren State, Oldham County Extension Staff Assistant. Reviewed by Chris Duncan, Family & Consumer Science Agent.