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Consumers Corner # 23


That’s the # 1 new way to
help keep your baby safe

By Jim Murphy

 No parent ever wants to be involved in a “sleep-related death.”

But about every 12 days in Philadelphia, a baby dies due to what the city’s Board of Health calls “unsafe sleep.”


So please pay attention
to these life-saving tips:


  • Put your baby in a separate crib or Pack ‘n Play – never in your bed or sleeping near you on a couch


  • Put only the baby into the crib or Pack ‘n Play – no pillows, no bumper, blankets or toys


  • Lay your baby on his or her back (not on the stomach)


The good news: sleep-related deaths fell by 50 percent after a national “1994 Back to Sleep” campaign urged parents to put babies to sleep on their backs.

But too many babies continue to die needlessly

In about 70 percent of those cases, babies are accidently smothered while sleeping on a bed or couch made for adults.

No matter how protective you feel, keep your babies safe at naptime and bedtime. Put them in a separate bed or Pack ‘n Play.

Other suggestions:

  1. Stop putting babies to sleep with soft bedding, quilts, comforters or blankets, because you think they are more comfortable that way, says Dr. Marian Willinger of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD). “It’s actually very unsafe.”
  2. If you bring your baby into your bed to breast-feed, be sure to put the baby back as soon as you are done. That will help keep your baby from becoming a horrible statistic.

Follow this advice from SafeSleepPhilly.org … Same Room. Different Beds. Better Rest for all.

Note: If you want a Pack ‘n Play, contact the Health Department’s Division of Maternal, Child and Family Health at
215-685-5225. Or the Maternity Care Coalition at 215-972-0700


Change your home’s smoke
detector batteries on Nov. 5

It’s always a good idea to change the smoke detector batteries in your home when we change clocks. And that day is Sunday, Nov. 5.

So buy your batteries now and get ready to go.

Fresh batteries give your family members precious seconds to escape from fires. Nationally 25 to 30% of home detectors aren’t working.

Note: Remember to go over your home’s escape plan, too, so the people in your family know where to gather outside.




15 Minutes

That’s how long segments of NBC Sports Philadelphia – once known as Comcast SportsNet Central – now run, down from a previous 30 minutes. The change was reportedly made because today’s viewers want more debate and fewer highlights. Or maybe they just have a shorter attention span because of all our electronic devices.

$285 Million

This is the number of dollars Philadelphia has collected in real estate taxes since 1972 – from properties along South and Bainbridge Streets. These properties were due to be destroyed by the 8-lane, river-to-river Crosstown Expressway. But thanks to community protest, the road was  cancelled.

The tax value to the city in 2018 alone: over $17 million. Paul Levy, director of the Center City District, revealed the numbers  at a community meeting hosted by Queen Village Neighbors Association and Historic Gloria Dei (Old Swedes’) Preservation Corporation at Gloria Dei Oct. 19


$16 Billion

The amount of money Amazon Web Services is expected to make this year, far more than the better-known online retail part of the company many of us use for consumer goods.



A Scottish physician visiting a Philadelphia dining establishment
on June 8, 1744, described his fellow customers this way:

“I dined at a tavern with a very mixed company of different nations and religions. There were Scots, English, Dutch, Germans, and Irish; there were Roman Catholicks, Churchmen, Presbyterians, Quakers, Newlightmen, Methodists, Seventhdaymen, Moravians, Anabaptists, and one Jew.”

That was the ecumenical society that William Penn – whom Thomas Jefferson called “the greatest law-giver the world has produced” – left Philadelphians as a legacy.


Photo Credit

SafeSleepPhilly.org and Department of Public Health, City of Philadelphia.


Jim Murphy is a direct marketing copywriter who has run his own consulting business since 2004. For nine years, he wrote and edited “Choices,” an award-winning credit union magazine with a circulation of 80,000. Jim is also a certified member of the Association of Philadelphia Tour Guide and writes historical articles for the Queen Village Neighbors Association magazine.

Any comments made are Jim’s opinion, and not necessarily those of the Old Pine Community Center.





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