Coronovirus 2020, Healthy Living, Parenting

Keeping Your Kids Healthy and Safe During the Coronavirus Pandemic: It Takes More than Masks

Keeping Your Kids Healthy and Safe During the Coronavirus Pandemic
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Quick poll: how many face masks does your family have in rotation right now? If you’re anything like most folks, everyone in the house probably has at least one or two. Maybe you are sewing together as a family craft or supporting local crafters. Regardless, it’s almost certain that the number of masks you own today is way more – maybe even 100% more! — than you did a month or two ago.

Unfortunately, keeping your kids safe during the coronavirus pandemic takes more than cute fabric and elastic ties. Have you let your guard down while you are focusing on coronavirus-specific dangers, not to mention just keeping body and soul together while working from home, homeschooling, and doing household chores? Read on to learn about a few areas where kids are more vulnerable than ever before.

Kitchen Accidents

Families are baking and cooking a lot more these days. Not only are these wholesome, screen-free activities that can keep the kids busy, there are tons of educational opportunities that come with measuring, mixing, and applying heat. And of course everyone loves to snack on homemade treats!

However, the more chances your kids have to use the oven or stove, or practice their knife skills, the higher the odds of kitchen accidents. Teach your kids knife safety. Make sure they aren’t standing on a rickety chair to reach the high cupboards. Turn pot handles toward the back of the stove. Most importantly of all, supervise your kids while they cook and bake until you know they can be trusted to follow rules and stay safe.

Skateboarding and Biking Accidents

It’s tough to juggle everything that needs to get done in a day, and many parents are struggling to encourage their kids to get daily exercise. But now that they’re not in gym class anymore, or running around outside with their friends, it’s crucial that they get some physical activity. Why not take advantage of the relatively quiet streets for some skateboarding and biking?

Not so fast, say the San Jose personal injury lawyers at The Barnes Firm. Just because there aren’t nearly as many cars and buses running as usual doesn’t mean you and your kids have carte blanche to treat streets as your personal playground. Don’t go careening down the middle of the street just because it seems dead – you never know when a fast car may come out of nowhere.

Take precautions to prevent accidents by instructing kids to skate or bike safely. Use dedicated trails for these outings, or stick to the side of the road as you usually would.

Backyard Accidents

Now that the weather is starting to warm up in many parts of the country, the kids are probably just as eager to go play in the backyard as you are to have them out of the house for a while! Just don’t neglect their safety in the interest of getting a little peace and quiet. There are many types of accidents and injuries that can befall children in their own backyard that you must guard against.

Pool injuries are one type of tragic, potentially fatal accident that can occur. Another is trampoline injuries.

Read up on safety tips for pool and trampoline use, and sit the family down to go over some ground rules. Be firm about following such rules, too, and be honest about whether or not your kids are old enough to responsibly obey them. If necessary, go outside with them to oversee their play. Heck, you could probably use a little play time to let off steam yourself!

Follow these tips, as well as your own common sense, to make sure your family not only survives during this pandemic period, but actually thrives.

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