Home safety issues in a fun and engaging way for Kids

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The story is set in a family home as the family prepares for Sam’s birthday party. The story is told in picture form as well as simple one line sentences and is all about the day of Sam’s birthday.

Page 1 shows Sam in the kitchen with Mum. Tiger, his cat, is also with them. Mum is preparing breakfast. There is a range of dangerous items and risks shown.

Page 2 shows Sam’s sister, Poppy, baking a birthday cake with Gran. Tiger is seen lapping up spilt milk and again there’s a range of potential dangers.

Page 3 shows Sam rushing into the room and Grandpa snoozing on the chair. Tiger’s knocked over a vase of flowers and there are many dangerous things in the lounge.

Page 4 shows Dad busy cleaning the hallway and again many potential hazards can be seen.

Page 5 shows Sam in his bedroom playing. It’s a typical young boy’s room but is full of risks and hazards.

Page 6 shows Gran running a bath for Poppy surrounded by a range of dangerous things.

Page 7 shows Mum and Dad finishing fixing a surprise present for Sam – a garden climbing frame but the shed is a really dangerous place with tools and poisons.

Page 8 shows the family out in the garden trying to get the barbecue ready but the wind is blowing and it’s a bit risky.

Page 9 shows the party in full swing with all the guests at Sam’s birthday party. Even though everyone’s having fun, there are lots of dangers to look out for.

The main things to talk about on each page are:

Home Safety Screen shotPage 1: The Kitchen

  • Sharp knives left out
  • Electrical cables hanging that can be caught and pull the kettle down
  • Hot things like the kettle and toaster that can scald or burn
  • Poisonous chemicals and cleaning things

Home Safety Screen shotPage 2: The Kitchen

  • Hot ovens and open gas flames
  • Tea towels left near flames on cooker
  • Saucepan handles sticking out that can be knocked and pour boiling liquid down
  • Dropping sticky food stuff on floor where you could slip or trip
  • Wobbly high stools where you could fall

Home Safety Screen shotPage 3: The Lounge

  • Overloaded electricity sockets, which could catch fire and burn, or you could trip on cables
  • Tripping over ruckled rugs
  • Too many toys left on the floor where you could trip
  • Broken glass vases where you could cut yourself

Home Safety Screen shotPage 4: The Hallway

  • Cables from hoover where you could trip
  • Glass bowls on edges of table which could fall and break
  • Reaching up whilst on stairs where you could overbalance and fall
  • Hot irons left out
  • Open wall socket

Home Safety Screen shotPage 5: The Bedroom

  • An open window where you could fall out
  • Broken drinking glass where you could cut yourself
  • Old biscuits left out, which could be mouldy
  • A banana skin on the floor where you could slip or trip
  • Open socket

Home Safety Screen shotPage 6: The Bathroom

  • Medicines and tablets, which can be poisonous if not prescribed for you
  • Open sharp scissors that could cut
  • Mat where you could trip
  • Hot tap left running on full where you could burn yourself
  • A full bath where you could drown

Home Safety Screen shotPage 7: The Shed

  • Huge number of sharp pointed tools that can cut or hurt
  • Electric cable, which could be tripped over or pulled at
  • The drill itself, which is electric
  • Open socket
  • Nails and screws, which are not only sharp but very dangerous if put in the mouth
  • Cat litter which is poisonous
  • Fuel for lawn mower, which is poisonous

Home Safety Screen shotPage 8: The Barbecue

  • Open matches, which could start a fire
  • Hot barbecue, which could burn
  • Wind blowing tablecloth, which could catch light on the barbecue flames
  • Broken bottle on the ground, which could cut

Home Safety Screen shotPage 9: The Garden Party

  • Pointed sharp barbecue tools
  • Hot flames of the barbecue
  • Spilt drink where you could slip
  • Dangerous tools in the shed

Four main examples of dangers can be found on each page and these can be discussed with the children as they find each one but there are other potential risks that may cause problems too. Key safety messages include:

  • understanding what danger is and keeping an eye out for it
  • staying away from fire and things that are hot
  • not touching sharp things
  • recognising and avoiding poisonous things (including old food and medicine)
  • being careful when moving about
  • cleaning up mess or spills that can be tripped over or slipped on
  • avoiding dangerous places like garden sheds
  • not leaving things in places where they can fall and break.
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With New Law, Karnataka Tries To Coax Riders To Wear Helmets

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With New Law, Karnataka Tries To Coax Riders To Wear Helmets

Until now, laws made it mandatory only for riders in urban areas to wear helmets. Police say enforcement was difficult in rural areas.

BENGALURU:  Wearing helmets when riding two-wheelers should come as an elementary safety measure but in a city like Bengaluru there are many who do not.

For many people in Karnataka a new law making it compulsory for a pillion rider to also wear a helmet is an utter annoyance.

“I don’t find it very necessary, because it is very hard to carry three helmets. And ladies will feel uncomfortable wearing it. And kids, it is very hard for them to carry it,” said a commuter Rahil Khan, riding along with his wife and child.

Another rider, Purushottam, agreed. “Yes, I am against it. If someone is waiting for a drop, they can’t also bring the helmet, right?”

Until now, laws made it mandatory only for riders in urban areas to wear helmets. Police say enforcement was difficult in rural areas.

Dr M A Saleem, Additional Commissioner for Traffic told NDTV, “In Karnataka it was compulsory only for the rider and that too only for six cities – not in rural and rest of Karnataka state.”

“Exemption was given to almost everybody. But now according to directions of honourable Supreme Court, the transport department has issued a notification making it compulsory – for both rider as well as pillion rider,” he said.

Last year, more than 17 lakh cases were booked against those not wearing helmets.

A bike rider, Junaid, was among those who agreed with the rule. “Only if the rider uses a helmet and the child is without one, it is very risky for a child. So it is very important for the pillion rider also,” he said.

People are reluctant to wear helmets for many reasons – the heat, the discomfort of carrying around the helmet and even worry about their hair.

“Many people have the false notion it leads to hairfall. To counter such perceptions some time ago we signed up (cricket star) Rahul Dravid as a brand ambassador for a campaign as he was known for batting all day wearing a helmet,” said Dr Saleem.

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Red Flag behaviors to watch for on the road. I have observed several of these behaviors especially tailgating and weaving in and out of traffic (No 1). Changing my behavior in response to these observations probably saved me from getting into an accident.

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