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Monday, September 14, 2009

Do not take your child's safety for granted

Child fell 9 storeys ..
Child drown in condo :(

(Skull png downloaded from http://www.clker.com)

How many more tragedies do we need before we pay more attention to our kid's environment? When it comes to safety, ignorance is not bliss, and we should not take safety for granted.

How can we raise children's consciousness on Safety risks and consequences?

Some parents might argue that children being children, wants to do the opposite, but as parents, we should at least try. In some cases, parents somehow believe that incidence will not befall our own kids? (but will befall others)

I would like to focus on two common incidence, which sounds like Common Sense, BUT..but

1. No Car seatbelt?
Why do we still see kids popping up and down in their parent's car?
Do parents assume that we have super-human strength to "hold" on to our kids on impact? Scientific crash-test videos prove otherwise..

Video : Car seat vs no Car seat

Above video is taken from YouTube, and more are available. Just search "seat belt" in YouTube.

** Without proper seatbelt, you do not need 200Kmh to break a life.

2. Missing Windows grill
Do we really believe our kids are so docile, that they will not attempt a superman stunt? Those with multiple kids will know how younger siblings mimic their elder brother and sisters.
It is so easy for the young ones to push a stool next to an unguarded window !!

How do we ever justify a missing Window Grill?
Maybe parents choose to underestimate their's children's ability and imagination ?
Some parents will even claim that window grills mar their splendid paranomic view !!

Raising awareness
If we know something is amiss, please speak up.
There are so many things around us which need us to raise a doubt :

- school kids cycling like dare-devils across the road
- sharp corners at home
- easy access to parent's medication, or bleach
- pail full of water, inviting the kid to tempt fate by snorkeling !!
- F1 racing up and down multi-storey carpark
- endless more examples...

KK's website hope to bring more insights into do's and don't.
--> http://www.kkh.com.sg/ChildSafety
--> http://www.kkh.com.sg/PatientHealthLibrary/ChildrensHealth/ChildhoodIllnesses/Injuries.htm

Get young kids to try these games
--> http://www.scdf.gov.sg/General/Kids_Corner/index.html

Starting from today, help to raise our kids' safety awareness. We own it to them.
Exercise our Common Sense, be kiasu or paranoid, please Do not let our child become another statistic !!

Enough ramblings, from a paranoid Daddy :p
Please share your tips and recommendations on how to improve child safety.

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