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Worth Repeating: 3 Everyday Objects Kids Forget Are Dangerous

When kids have their way, they’re usually only concerned with having fun. Most parents won’t have a problem with that as long as that fun can be safe. Despite parental warnings and training, however, kids may need reminders that certain common objects can be dangerous. Parents sometimes need to be reminded, as well. Here are a few everyday objects that can be dangerous if you and your children aren’t mindful.

Cords and Cables

With the rise of technology accessibility and portable electronics, power cords and cables have become commonplace. Most of the smaller cables used to charge devices are fairly safe, but they’re often connected to a power source that has more potential risk. Kids need to be taught and reminded not to play with extension cords, surge protectors, or anything plugged into an outlet. Let them know that they could electrocute themselves or start a fire if they aren’t careful. It’s also important to show them how to properly unplug or plug in cables to prevent damaging cables or getting shocked. As a parent, you can reduce risks by replacing old or damaged power cables, power cable extensions, and surge protectors.

Glassware

If you have kids, you probably have no shortage of plastic plates, cups, and bowls. While those are designed to be safe for kids, their ceramic and glass counterparts are not. Your duty as a parent is obviously to make sure they are safely introduced to using the breakable dishes, but you should also teach them what to do if one of those dishes breaks. Kids aren’t always careless or clumsy, but a few plates in a family household are doomed to break on accident. When that does happen, be sure to show them how to properly clean up broken glass or ceramic with a dustpan and broom and how to avoid cutting themselves on sharp edges. Let them know that accidents happen and they can tell you if anything made of glass gets broken so you can help them clean up and dispose of it safely.

Chemicals

It’s easy to forget how many chemicals are stored within your house. Many are easy to handle safely, but kids don’t always know how, or simply don’t want to. Your first line of defense is keeping more dangerous chemicals out of reach of children, and your second is teaching them about those chemicals. Whenever you need to use bleach, surface cleaners, or even automotive fluids, you can use that as an opportunity to show them how those chemicals work and explain why they might be dangerous to use improperly. You may still need to remind them not to use glass cleaner on the kitchen table, but you probably won’t have to worry about them drinking it. However, it’s always very important to teach them how to get help if they do spill, misuse, or ingest a dangerous chemical.

As your kids learn more about the world, they get better at taking care of themselves. But, while they’re still growing, don’t be afraid to offer reminders for potentially dangerous situations.

Tim Esterdahl

Tim Esterdahl is the editor of IFCS blog. He is a married father of three and enjoys golf in his spare time.

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