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Veterans, Visitors, And More!

2009 November 10

My late grandfather was always full of advice and giving out tips. Whenever he visited, he always came with newspaper clippings and all sorts of articles from magazines. He had all sorts of information for everyone and would talk with each of us grandchildren or children about the information he found. He also would constantly remind me to tell people to spell my last name correctly. Even if it was ordering a pizza and giving your last name. No place was left out of hearing the spelling of our, somewhat lengthy, surname. Make sure you tell them two n’s, not one, he would say. He has made me so very proud of my family’s history. I learned a lot from his words of wisdom, more than I could type out in this blog. I always think about him, especially this time of year, when my grandparents would come and visit us in the fall. I also remember him around November because he was a World War II veteran. As Veteran’s Day quickly approaches, I thought I might provide some reminders of my own, to grandparents, parents, or any veteran out there with little ones. Here are some tips to keep in mind when kids come over to visit and stay with you, some things that you may not even think about normally, but may be important when you have younger company coming over.

  • Make sure to wash children’s hands before they eat and also wash fruits and vegetables.
  • In older homes particularly, make sure to wash floors and window sills to protect kids from dust and peeling paint that could be contaminated with lead.
  • Store pesticides and toxic chemicals far out of reach where children can’t get to them; try to put them in a locked cabinet or area first.
  • Make sure you close any container marked ‘child resistant’ very tightly after the product has been used. Child resistant does not mean child proof so you should still be careful with products with child-resistant packaging.
  • Store food and trash in closed containers to prevent pests from coming inside.
  • Don’t let children handle or play with mercury. (Find out where mercury containing product recycling programs are in your area.)
  • Hide medical prescriptions in a locked up location or a secure place so children can not reach them or mistake them for candy.

So as visitors start to pile in, especially children, take a moment to look over these tips and apply them around your home. Also, take some time to remember all of the veterans out there and all that they have given while serving our country.

About the author: Emily Bruckmann is an intern at the Office of Children’s Health Protection. She is a senior attending Indiana University who will graduate with a degree in public health this spring.

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8 Responses leave one →
  1. Jackenson Durand permalink
    November 10, 2009

    About the Author, i always try to extend my knowledge in other that i should be to help my daughter in any question that she would probably want to understand, and the this same knowledge would allow me to better protect health:
    – Lead poisoning
    – Pesticides
    – Caution against Mercury

    What about, if my daughter would have questions about the relativity law or the Universe itself.

  2. Michael E. Bailey permalink
    November 12, 2009

    That is very good advice. It is especially important for persons with disabilities or in poor health who may need to be taking lots of medication to keep it out of reach of children and moniter it to make sure the right dose is being taken at the right time. Best wishes, Michael E. Bailey.

  3. Brock Lee permalink
    November 12, 2009

    Thanks for your post. Keep up the good work. My.

    Brock Lee

  4. Anonymous permalink
    November 12, 2009


    Great Blog! It brings back memories too, because my late maternal grandfather was a farmer and WWII veteran and a self-taught man. He was always full of great advice when it came to gardening and provided me great memories of a childhood spent in his farm. He is the person responsible for my having a career in the environmental field. Keep your great work!

  5. The Elliotts permalink
    November 14, 2009

    Enjoyed your blog. This was read while your Mom and Grandma Joan was here visiting. Grandma says that you have missed the most wonderful meal complete with homemade apple pie and all kinds of delicious stuff. Grandma misses you and looks forward to seeing you next month.

  6. Bridget permalink
    November 19, 2009


    Thank you for the blog. It reminded me of my grandfather who is also a WWII veteran and full of a plethora of stories and advice for his grandchildren. Your tips were also very helpful – I am sure a great deal of people do not think to examine their home for old lead-based paint which is very harmful to children. I recently had to do some research on this topic and learned that lead is especially detrimental to young children because their bodies absorb considerably more lead and because their not-yet-developed brains and nervous systems are much more easily adversely affected. Furthermore, lead also poses health problems to adults including reproductive problems, high blood pressure, memory and concentration problems and joint and muscle pain. Certainly something to think about when preparing for family gatherings at holiday time, as well!

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    March 22, 2010

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  8. paer12 permalink
    October 30, 2010

    This year, 11th November marks two important days for the United States of America. Besides that fact that it marks the Veterans Day, the annual holiday honoring military veterans, it’s also the day when the Global Missions Health Conference is convened in Louisville, Kentucky in the United States of America.

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