The Cincinnati zoo misfortune where a 4-year-old boy fell into the territory of a gorilla is a vital safety call for parents, guardians and babysitters. Children should be monitored every second, and this process requires the adults to be competent while supervising children.
An accident can take place any minute, and therefore, any form of interruption when overseeing young children is precarious. Equipment, such as phones and screens are likely to cause a distraction.
Accidents often occur during busy occasions, especially in summer activities, and guardians should always be prepared to avoid misfortunes that take place in such cases. The following safety precautions are vital in preventing children accidents:
Children need to put on a helmet anytime they are “on wheels,” like bicycles, scooters and skateboards.
The adult overseeing the child should practice “touch supervision” during swimming. The adult must remain within the arm’s length of the child all the time when close or in water. Children can easily drown in sources of water, such as bathtubs, toilets, buckets, baby pools, backyard swimming pools, community pools, streams, creeks, lakes, rivers and oceans.
Children should not get dehydrated, and therefore, parents must never wait for a child to request for water before giving fluids. Asking for water is an indication of dehydration. Children should be provided with sufficient fluids before, during and after engaging in outdoor activities.
Do not allow children near the grill while barbecuing. This is very dangerous because the grill can remain very hot even after a long period of having been used. This might cause burn injuries to a child.
Show children to walk, not run, across the street. Children should not cross alone and they should always be in a company of an adult or a mature responsible child. Make an eye contact with the drivers nearby anytime you are crossing the street to ensure they are able to see you.
Tell children to avoid running between cars that are parked. An adult should hold the hand of a child when close to a vehicle that is moving or parked.
Have a list of emergency numbers and you should be able to access it easily. The list should entail the emergency medical services (911), doctor’s number, poison control and mom and dad’s mobile numbers.