Are They Ready to Leave for College?

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It’s that time of year again when parents are getting their young adults ready to go to college. Whether they are going to another town, state or country, here are five important questions to ask:

  1. Do they know the difference between organizing, cleaning and disinfecting? Organizing is finding a place for everything; cleaning is removing the dirt, dust and grime; and disinfecting is the process of removing the bacteria and germs to a safe level.
  2. Do they know what “dwell” times are? This is the amount of time that the cleaner needs to sit after application before you wipe or rinse off.
  3. How much do they know about cooking safety? Things such as the leading cause of fires in the kitchen is unattended cooking; do not cook if you are sleepy, drinking alcohol, or have taken medication that causes drowsiness; do not cook in baggy or loose clothing as their clothes can get tangled with the pot handle and spill the hot contents on them; and always keep a fire extinguisher in or near the kitchen.
  4. Do they know the difference between “use by” and “best if sold by” dates? “Use by” refers to the freshness of the product. “Best if sold by” dates refer to the spoilage of a product. These dates, if not read correctly, can result food poisoning.
  5. Do they know what to do before, during and after a disaster that could occur in the area they are going to? Do they have a plan? Emergency kit?

These are just a sample of the things your young adult should know. For more information, make sure to purchase them a copy of “The 4-1-1 on Life Skills – Essential Tips on: Home & Money Management; Personal Care & Safety; and More!

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