What zoos, a gas dryer and a music icon can teach you about safety
With June being National Safety Month, I thought it fitting to discuss safety tips for home, or wherever you and your family are.
• Just about everyone has an opinion regarding what happened at the Cincinnati Zoo, with the small child falling into a moat, and having that encounter with the gorilla.
I wasn’t there. So how can I judge?
It sounds like the gorilla had a pretty mean grip on the boy – I’m not sure there was a way around except to maybe use tranquilizer darts instead of shooting him to death? Although it’s stated here that tranquilizers are not guaranteed to work, and might take up to half an hour to take effect.
Kid kind of hinted about going in – maybe a flag to keep him thisclose?
I don’t claim my son is a genius, but he’s pretty smart and I’ve been told this by others. Kids have a great imagination, but you should listen. I was actually at our own zoo earlier this week, and I kept my son super-close – but again, this looked like a complete freak accident, it’s one of those things you can’t really say much on, unless you were actually there.
• Also this past week, our next-door neighbors had a fire in their house. Thank God no one was hurt. I didn’t know at first why there was suddenly fire trucks and an ambulance in front of our houses. I thought someone was hurt. The firemen went to the back of our neighbors’ house, and after a few minutes, pulled out what was left of an old gas dryer.
• And, it’s been confirmed that music icon Prince did in fact die of an accidental overdose, from self-medicating with an extremely powerful prescription painkiller. It’s scary how people can overdose and not even realize what they’re doing – we need to be mindful of all medications we take, including those over the counter. The wrong mix of medications can cause harmful – even deadly – interactions.
For National Safety Month, the National Safety Council has some materials available for download from their website – it’s all FREE and offers helpful tips on how to incorporate safety measures at home or at the workplace. All you have to do is sign up on their site, and you get the materials to download. They’re also offering a free CPR and First Aid online class through June 12 – what a great resource! I personally have taken classes like these in the past – but it never hurts to get a refresher, especially for NO COST!
The information is separated into weeks so you can focus on a particular safety topic each week in June – or you can review all the information at once.
Week 1 (through June 12) focuses on being overall prepared. I like the download for keeping your child safe in and around water – but we can elaborate and include keeping our kids safe EVERYWHERE, including places like a zoo. ALWAYS keep your kids super-close, and be aware of your surroundings. In this day and age of people constantly looking at their smartphones, it’s easy to overlook small things that can pose a hazard. Also take advantage of the FREE CPR and First Aid online course available here http://www.nsc.org/act/events/Pages/national-safety-month.aspx
Week 2 (June 13-19) focuses on being healthy. The poster download focuses on safeguarding your own health, taking measures such as 1) keeping medicine away from children’s reach, 2) being aware of any medicine interactions, and 3) asking about alternatives to opioid painkillers (very timely, since sadly, this is what Prince died from).
Week 3 (June 20-26) focuses on watching out for dangers
Be aware. The Cincinnati Zoo incident is a good example – but we should be aware of our surroundings all the time. Maybe I’m just crazy, but I’m always scanning the area looking for cracks in the sidewalk, holes in the grass that might trip me or my son up. Be aware of your surroundings at home, at work, and on the road.
Week 4 (June 27-30) focuses on sharing the roads safely. Again, we need to pay attention. The roads belong to EVERYONE. So many people are too busy looking at their phones, even while driving, and letting other distractions impede their driving. It only takes a second to cause an accident. PAY ATTENTION.
Watch out especially at intersections and around parking lots. With the weather warming up we also need to keep an eye out for those on motorcycles and bicycles.
I think in this case/in these cases, Weeks 1 and 3 contain pretty useful information. Children need to be very closely watched, not just around water, but any “iffy” area, such as a zoo or a place similar, with inadequate barriers and lots of people around. Personally, I’m not big on crowds, and when we went to the zoo the day after Memorial Day, I should not have been surprised that other families had decided to take that day off as well, and spend the hot day at the same place. Crowds of people just naturally puts me on heightened alert.
Here’s my HOME SAFETY LIST for you:
• Cables, wires, things that dangle – keep them up and out of the way, make sure nothing fraying, replace if needed
• Cooking – frying, oil that can fly – until my kid is old enough to truly be helpful in the kitchen, I don’t let him in the area if I’m cooking, especially if I’m cooking with oil. I keep my dog out of the area as well, too.
• Medication – up, up and away (lock them up!)
• Same with cleaning items (they can contain harmful chemicals)
• Other dangers – weapons, sharp or otherwise dangerous tools/objects should be put away out of reach
• Turn appliances like flat iron, iron, heating pad, etc. off right after use. Auto-off features are handy here, but I would still make a point of turning it off myself.
• Replace batteries in smoke detectors – make sure you have them in prominent places in the home
• First Aid kit shoud ready and updated
• Check on carbon monoxide detector
• Check quality of appliances – stove, dryer, etc. Replace if needed.
• Bathroom safety – medications (lock them up!), bathtub (don’t leave little ones alone in the bathroom, especially in the bathtub. They can drown in just a few inches of water)
Here is some more helpful information – here’s to keeping everyone safe, no matter what the season, no matter where you are: home, work, or on the road!
National Safety Council:
http://www.nsc.org – Get your free downloads and FREE CPR and First Aid class (through June 12) here!
Sites to help keep your kids safe:
Safety tips for seniors:
Safety on the Road:
National Highway Traffic Safety Admin
Safety in the Workplace:
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
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