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Fire Prevention Week 2017 in Des Moines – dsm4kids.com

You and your family are fast asleep when the smoke alarm sounds: Do you know what to do?

Consider this scenario: It’s 2 o’clock in the morning. You and your family are fast asleep when you awaken to the smoke alarm sounding and the smell of smoke. What do you do? If you and your family don’t have a plan in place, it could jeopardize your safety, or even prove deadly.

In a typical home fire, you may have as little as one to two minutes to escape safely from the time the smoke alarm sounds. That’s why home escape planning is so critical in a fire situation. It ensures that everyone in the household knows how to use that small window of time wisely. Continue Reading…

Tips 4 Keeping Your Kids Safe at the Iowa State Fair - dsm4kids.com

dsm4kids promotes several events and activities like the Iowa State Fair (August 10-20, 2017). Many of which are busy, crowded events with a lot of stimulation. The potential for getting separated from your child is real. This can make a family outing overwhelming and stressful for both parents and children. With that in mind, we’ve put together a few tips to help you keep your kids safe at the Iowa State Fair (or any large event or attraction).  Continue Reading…

Severe Weather Awareness Week in Iowa – dsm4kids.com

As Iowans we know that that severe weather may strike at any time. Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management, along with the National Weather Service (Des Moines office) have designated March 27th-31st, 2017 as Severe Weather Awareness Week. The goal of this campaign is to provide Iowans a better understanding about the state’s spring weather hazards like flash floods, tornadoes and severe thunderstorms.  It’s also a good time to remind families about the importance of weather warnings and family preparedness.  Continue Reading…

14 Places to Take Swimming Lessons at Public Pools in Des Moines - dsm4kids.com

You’d love to enjoy long, relaxing days at the pool this summer, but your littles can’t swim yet. That means multiple heart attacks while you calmly try to keep everyone’s head above water! It’s time to sign-up for swimming lessons! Whether you need a beginner course that will cox your timid tot into the water, or a simple refresher to make sure Junior remembers what he learned last year, Des Moines’ pubic pools offer a number of swim lesson options. Here are 14 places kids can learn to swim in the Des Moines area. Continue Reading…

Swimming and Boating Safety 4 Kids in Des Moines - dsm4kids.com

Swimming and boating are fun summer pastimes, but don’t forget to stay safe so this summer will be a happy one to remember. According to the Centers for Disease Control about one in five people who die from drowning are children 14 and younger. For every child who dies from drowning, another five receive emergency department care for nonfatal submersion injuries.  Continue Reading…

Smart911 Allows Polk County Residents to Create Safety Profiles - dsm4kids.com

Polk County announced the addition of Smart911 on Monday.  Smart911 is a FREE national service that allows citizens to create a Safety Profile for their household that includes any information they want 9-1-1 and first responders to have in the event of an emergency.  If that citizen needs to dial 9-1-1, their Safety Profile will immediately display on the call taker’s screen, saving seconds and even minutes in response to the emergency.  Continue Reading…