Keep chil­dren safe as they ex­plore out­doors

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

Plun­ket is urg­ing fam­i­lies to have fun but be safe in the out­doors this sum­mer.

‘‘Sum­mer is a won­der­ful time to get in­volved with young chil­dren out­side and there are lots of new things to learn about and ex­plore to­gether at the beach, in the garden, and in the great out­doors,’’ said Sue Camp­bell, na­tional child safety ad­viser at Plun­ket.

‘‘ How­ever, out­side en­vi­ron­ments, just like in­door ones, re­quire some safety pre­cau­tions to keep young ones safe. Lit­tle chil­dren are very vul­ner­a­ble and very de­pen­dent on the good care and su­per­vi­sion of re­spon­si­ble and at­ten­tive adults.’’

Plun­ket sug­gested the fol­low­ing safe­guards:

Stay with a tod­dler

or young child while ex­plore out­doors.

Some plants are poi­sonous and soil can also con­tain poi­sons. Teach your child never to put any­thing from the garden in their mouth.

Many garden prod­ucts and pool chem­i­cals are highly poi­sonous. They must be kept out of reach in a high lock­able cup­board that can­not be reached by climb­ing.

Keep liq­uids in their orig­i­nal con­tainer. NEVER store poi­sonous liq­uids in soft drink bot­tles.

While in­sect re­pel­lents are in­valu­able to ward off an­noy­ing in­sects, they are not ap­pro­pri­ate for chil­dren un­der two years old. Avoid ap­ply­ing to chil­dren’s hands as they can place them in their mouths or eye.

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Putting away gar­den­ing tools when you are fin­ished with them helps keep chil­dren safe. It is a good idea, if chil­dren wish to garden with you, to buy them their own spe­cial-sized, and child-safe, garden tools.

Do not leave buck­ets or other large con­tain­ers of water where a young child can reach them and turn any­thing that could col­lect water up­side down to pre­vent water col­lec­tion. A child can drown in water as lit­tle as 4cm deep – the length of your lit­tle fin­ger.

If you sus­pect a poi­son­ing or need poi­sons ad­vice, con­tact the Na­tional Poi­sons Cen­tre on 0800 POI­SON (0800 764 766). For poi­sons preven­tion in­for­ma­tion go to poi­sons.co.nz

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