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Getting a lock on making your home child-safe


Things that can be dismissed as "just common sense" probably shouldn't be. With this in mind, Lifewatch: Stop, Look & Listen, presents basic safety rules for parents and their children on Sunday.

The program is divided into two parts, with actor Danny Glover ("Lethal Weapon") as the host of the section directed toward how parents can make their homes and environment safe for children.

Candace Cameron ("Full House") and Tatyana Ali ("Fresh Prince of Bel-Air") are the hosts of the section designed for children to watch and learn.

Ali, 14, says the show is important "because parents sometimes overlook things, and kids do too. Sometimes you need a little reinforcement, like knowing to put locks under the cabinets where you keep your cleaning things, because kids can get into that. Another thing is that people sometimes give kids toys that aren't appropriate for their age, like ones with pieces that are too small. There are a lot of things people can overlook."

Rules examined include crossing a busy street, avoiding strangers, how to administer CPR and tips for crime and fire prevention.

Part of a quarterly syndicated four-part health and community awareness series, the show offers advice on how to make a home, neighborhood and surrounding environment safe for children. The special also provides hands-on advice on common childhood injuries and accidents both in and outside the home.

"Lifewatch: Stop Look & Listen: The ABC's of Kids Safety," airs Sunday at 9:30-10:30 a.m. on KNBC. For ages 4 and up, especially for parents.

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Saturday, the Disney Channel takes a peek at the Wild West and frontier in the animated Davy Crockett on the Mississippi (11-11:45 a.m.); the animated Three Tall Tales (noon-1 p.m.), which look at "Casey at the Bat," "Windwagon Smith," and "The Legend of Paul Bunyan;" the live-action Tall Tales and Legends: Pecos Bill (6-7 p.m.), with Steve Guttenberg, Martin Mull and Rebecca DeMornay; and 1948's animated Pecos Bill, narrated by Roy Rogers (8:30 p.m.-9 p.m.). For ages 3 and up.

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