Alert: 3 Public Schools In San Francisco Show High Levels Of Lead In Water

October 30, 2017
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Water samples obtained from taps and drinking fountains from 3 public schools in San Francisco showed elevated lead levels, which is potentially exposing students to the toxic metal, according to district officials.

The district officials immediately followed by shutting down the taps and notified the parents at West Portal, Malcolm X elementary schools and San Francisco International High School that the water samples obtained from at least on faucet or fountain at each site showed very high levels of lead, levels that were above the recommended federal threshold of 15 ppb (parts per billion).

The Superintendent, Vince Matthews stated that they were letting people know as much information as possible as quickly as possible, adding that the district was carrying out additional tests at the three public schools and providing bottled water in the meantime.

The water flowing in the school is safe according to the officials, and that the lead was sourced from the plumbing fixtures and pip solders which leached on to the water.

10 Eerily Simple Ways To Keep Children Safe on Halloween

10 Eerily Simple Halloween Safety Tips For Parents

Thankfully, there are a few ways parents can keep kids safe while still embracing this holiday. With increased awareness and a little help from modern technology, we can adapt basic methods and Halloween safety tips and precautions to make sure everyone gets to enjoy Halloween- all you need is a cell phone.

Listed below, are 10 simple Halloween safety tips that you can keep in mind

1. Pick bright, proper fitting, and reflective costumes.

Large costumes, dark clothing, bulging masks, or large shoes are just a few possible ways a costume can trip up children on Halloween. Before buying a costume, look for some creative alternatives on Pinterest or the web.

2. Stay on well lit sidewalks and streets.

We all know part of the draw of trick-or-treating is walking in the dark and experiencing the thrill of unknown shadows. Reduce the risk of accident by helping children cross streets at crosswalks and use sidewalks as much as possible. For older children, track or use cell phones for up-to-the-minute location updates.

 

3. Sort through candy or treats before allowing kids to dive in.

A majority of us grew up with the urban legends, some based completely in reality, of candy laced with needles, razor blades, and more. Today, we also need to be on the lookout for drugs that closely resemble candies that have been circulating on the Internet. It’s not worth endangering your child’s health for a 50 cent piece of chocolate.

4. For added safety, snap a photo of the kids on a cell phone before heading out.

This will allow you to access a current picture if you would happen to get separated.

5. Go trick-or-treating with your kids.

Use this holiday as the perfect guise for getting the whole family to do an activity together. Experts recommend that we supervise children under the age of 12 and the lure of chocolaty goodness might damper our children’s objections to our watchful presence. Plus, going door-to-door and crossing the streets will be safer with a mature set of eyes to monitor the situation. If going around to neighborhoods bothers you, consider visiting a community Trunk-or-Treat event or party. Many organizations will promote their events on social media or local news outlets.

6. Only wear costumes and masks that fit properly.

The extra walking and party activities require kids to be able to walk or run without hinderance.

7. Search for teal pumpkins!

This holiday is a nightmare for kids who have food allergies or special diets. Thankfully, a movement is springing up around the country called the Teal Project. Houses that display a blue pumpkin are offering non-food items for our little goblins so everyone can enjoy Halloween. For more information or to find if your area participates, do an easy search.

8. Dowse the flames.

We love candles at Halloween, however open flames can easily cause a house fire or a costume to go up in smoke. Look for flame free options or use a cell phone’s flashlight to light the way.

9. Limit trick-or-treating during the recommended hours for your community.

Many towns and cities use curfews. Look on the city website or browse the local paper for the times.

10. Put down the devices.

Technology is great, but it can be distracting and results in accidents. For older teens, we need to be aware how social media can broadcast their locations or plans and we should suggest they avoid documenting questionable activity on social media sites like Instagram or Snapchat to protect them from bullying, extortion, and legal prosecution.

 

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