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Keep Your Kids Safe From Some Of The Greatest Dangers

Keep Your Kids Safe From Some Of The Greatest Dangers

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As a parent, it’s important to understand some of the key dangers that your child can face. We’d like to believe that our kids are perfectly safe and totally free from home, but this isn’t always the case. That’s certainly true once they start gaining more independence and living their own life. Here are some of the dangers that you need to be aware of and the steps that you can take to guarantee that your child is protected. 

Physical Harm

First, you need to make sure that your child is safe from the threat of physical harm. Your child can be put in harm’s way when they are walking home from school or when they are out with their friends. They might even be being bullied which we will discuss more a little further down. If you are worried about the danger here, then you need to make sure that you are teaching your child how to defend themselves. You can do this by looking at martial arts classes for kids. This is a great way to guarantee that they do learn self defense. 

Online Activity 

Be aware that not all the dangers that your child could face are physical. It’s equally possible that your child will face dangers online. The greatest threat here is going to be your child speaking to someone that they don’t know. This is quite common these days in the world of online gaming such as Fortnite and Among Us. Both of these are highly popular with children under the age of 15. You can keep your child safe by ensuring that they understand how to protect themselves. For instance, you should alert them that they should never give personal details out to someone they don’t know online. 

Bullying 

As mentioned, bullying can lead to significant danger for children. Some parents see bullying as a way to help their child develop a thicker skin. While this can be a benefit, bullying can also get serious very quickly. You need to make sure that you  are on top of the situation and you should be aware of everything that is happening to your child in real time. This could include activity online and in person. You should also not be afraid to get the school involved if things start to get out of control. 

Self Harm


Finally, it’s important for you to understand as a parent that self harm is far more common than most people realize. Some reports suggest that as many as 70% of teens will self harm before they reach the age of eighteen. That number might scare you and perhaps it should. Since we’re on the subject of self harm it’s also important to note that this isn’t always about gaining attention. This form of harm can be addictive, similar to drinking or even drugs. As such, your child might need the support of a therapist to recover.

We hope this helps you understand some of the key steps that you can take to ensure that your child is safe from some of the common dangers that they could face in the world today. 

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Sniffing Out Dangers In Your Home

Sniffing Out Dangers In Your Home

Dangers In Your Home

Bad smells in your home may not just be unpleasant to live with – some of them could be potentially hazardous to your health. Here are odours that you don’t want to smell in your home and what you can do to get rid of them.

Burning smells

This one is kind of obvious – unless you’ve got a fireplace lit, any burning smell should be an immediate warning sign. Fires may not always be visible although there will generally be some smoke. Electrical fires are some of the hardest to detect as the fire may be taking place within the wall for some time before you notice – if you smell burning from an outlet and there is heat coming from it, this could be a clear sign of an electrical fire. In all cases, call the fire brigade and get out of the home.

Gas smells

Smelling gas in your home is never a good sign. It could be a leak from an oven hob or a pipe. In all cases, you should avoid lighting any matches or smoking as well as leaving all electric appliances and switches alone (these switches could cause electrical sparks). Having an affordable emergency plumber on call is handy for these occasions – they will be able to repair the gas leak for you. Whilst you wait for them to arrive, open all the windows, turn the gas off at the mains and wait outside your home.

Musty smells

Musty smells can occur for all kinds of reasons but are commonly the result of damp or mould. Most people don’t realise that living with mould can be dangerous – mould spores can cause respiratory problems and skin allergies. Keeping your home well ventilated could prevent mould, although a water leak or rising damp could also be to blame. You can clean mould off yourself with a dry sponge.

Bad bathroom smells

If there’s a nasty sewerage smell coming from your toilet that won’t go away, it could be a blockage in a pipe or a drain. On top of causing a foul smell, this odour could be potentially dangerous too. Blockages often produce sewer gas, which can be a toxic combination of methane, ammonia, hydrogen sulphide and other gases. This can also be highly flammable making it a fire risk too. Call in a plumber to try and diagnose this problem and get rid of this smell – in the meantime, keep windows open and avoid using the toilet if you can (you may have to use someone else’s bathroom or a portaloo).

Fresh paint smell

Many of us like the smell of fresh paint and in many cases it can be harmless, however there are some paints in which this smell is the direct result of VOC chemicals. These chemicals can cause sinus irritation, nausea and headaches when breathed in, whilst lengthy exposure could cause more serious conditions such as dyspnea and even cancer. You can avoid the hazardous properties of this paint by only using low VOC paint or by staying out of your home until the paint dries and stops giving off vapours.

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