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Fire hazard common during holidays — educate children on the potential dangers

Holiday season is a time of excitement for children, but it can also pose dangers for them. This is because of their adventurous spirit. Children love to explore even when their parents or guardians are with them at home. The most dangerous potential hazards for children are from the kitchen and electronic appliances.

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They must plug in cables to watch television programmes; charge their phones and tabs, play games, plug iron, kettles, cookers and even the pumping machine. Though there may be ‘don’t do’ rules at home, many times, it does not work because as Homemakers, you may not be around all the time to monitor their activities.

To avoid emergency, educate children lovingly about the potential dangers at home and give them visible reasons why they must not go to those areas.

Children are easily distracted especially when they are watching their favourite shows on television. Teach them not to turn on the cooker when their programme is about to start. They may totally forget what they are cooking until after the programme. This is why it is important for Homemakers to watch television programmes with their children to know the time they air their favourite programmes. If you know this, it will be easy to set your rules and they will follow them because you would have factored in their own interests to them.

Let them know the first step to take in case of an emergency situation because information available to Homemakers shows that fires are especially common during the holidays.

For optimal safety, every Homemaker is to keep children out of the kitchen as much as possible. When you are not at home, cook their lunch and keep in warmers. Let them eat breakfast before you leave home. Don’t forget to leave enough fruits and other healthy snacks to keep them busy.

Tell them to always switch off the television and air conditioners when there is power outage so as to avoid power surge. Write instructions boldly on cardboards, i.e. ‘switch off all plugs once there is an outage.’ It will be funny to them but indirectly, the information would have been passed and stuck in their memory. Children grasp better with images. It is better to teach them to know how to prevent these little accidents than having to count the losses when it happens.

 


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