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Today's Fix It: Making your home safe for kids

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, accidents are the leading cause of death among children and adolescents.

Your home is full of hidden dangers for kids that you might not think about. Whether you have children of your own or have kids visiting your home, there are a variety of safety measures you might want to think about.

Julie Knoke, lead generator at the Home Depot in North Little Rock, stopped by the THV studios with tips on how to make your home safe for your kids. Click on the THVideo!

Home Safety Tips
-Use safety latches and locks on your doors
-Install a fence around your home
-Lock gates around your home
-Put electric outlet covers around the house
-Use safety tassels for window blinds

Lane shift planned as Big Rock construction continues

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Officials with the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department say the Big Rock Interchange is entering another phase of lane shifting this weekend, which includes the closure of two loop ramps.

Weather permitting, only the 1-430 northbound lanes will be moved during the weekend lane shift. The southbound lanes will not be affected, according to AHTD.

More details from an AHTD release:

The contractor is scheduled to complete hanging the flyover ramp steel beams Friday evening on the western side of the Interchange. The next step will begin on Saturday, July 28 as workers close the I-430 northbound loop ramps (I-430 North to Financial Center Parkway and the I-630 East to I-430 North) and direct drivers to the detour using Shackleford Road.

Forestry Commission needs more money

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- With wildfires popping up all over the state, the Arkansas Forestry Commission says they are in need of additional funds to operate.

High School Football: 31 teams, 31 days on THV

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - As August approaches, we talk high school football around these parts!

Arkansas high school football guru Chad Hooten joined THV's Mark Edwards in the Information Center to tell us all about an exciting month ahead here at Today's THV and across the state.

Beginning August 1, a different high school football team will be featured on "Today's THV at 6" and on the "THV 10:00 Difference."

To find out when your school will be featured, check out the list below:

- Wed., Aug. 1 - North Little Rock

- Thurs., Aug. 2 - Bryant

- Friday, Aug. 3 - Little Rock Central

- Saturday, Aug. 4 - Russellville

- Sunday, Aug. 5 - Sheridan

- Monday, Aug. 6 - Warren

- Tuesday, Aug. 7 - McGehee

- Wed., Aug. 8 - Star City

- Thursday, Aug. 9 - Jonesboro

- Friday, Aug. 10 - C. Fairview

- Saturday, Aug. 11 - Batesville

Arkansas Arts Center costumes for sale

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- A collection of costumes from the past 20 years of shows at the Arkansas Arts Center is up for sale Saturday in Little Rock.

The Arts Center Children's Theater is letting the public come browse and buy the shoes, hats, scarves, dresses, shirts, pants, coats, and many other pieces that made the performances come to life.

The sale is Saturday 10 am to 3 pm at the Arts Center downtown Little Rock.

The day before the sale, students are practicing and sweating on the stage. They've been perfecting their performances for weeks at the Arts Center's Summer Theater Academy.
And if the kids catch your eye--go see the show.
If the costumes catch your eye--well, you may just be in luck. 
A giant rabbit costume! For sale.

A piece of cheese costume! For sale.

Possible link between foreclosure rates, child abuse

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - A study by the policy lab of Children's Hospital of Philadelphia links increases in physical child abuse to the mortgage foreclosures.

Arkansas Children's Hospital is in the same network of hosptials as Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

Free water for Heights joggers

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Walkers and joggers along Kavanaugh Blvd. in Little Rock are taking advantage of free water.

Andrea Cordell lives on the corner of Cantrell and Kavanaugh and started offering water after she realized there is a great need.

"It's hot outside and I don't want people falling out in my yard just due to lack of hydration. Something, I've thought about for a while. A couple of years ago I came out to get the mail and there was a guy laid out on the steps and he was just thirsty and needed some water and a place to rest."

Now, she's hoping her charitable offer will also help teach her kids a lesson on helping others.

"I have them come out and check it because I think it's important for them to know we need to help our neighbors and give back a little bit. Even if it's water in an ice chest in the front yard."