Unexpected hazards in your house
Many happy homeowners fill their houses with pets and children. It is part of the joy of having a larger space that you have autonomy in. Anyone you love is welcome to move in! Today’s entry is dark. Bad things happen to pets and children in houses. In hopes that they never happen to you and yours, I mention these:
Refrigerators and Furniture
Most municipalities demand that refrigerators that are left on the curb for pick-up must have their doors removed. Why? Children play hide and seek in abandoned refrigerators, get trapped in them, and can die. As a homeowner, you may have an extra refrigerator or a freezer in the basement or garage. Check. Can it be opened by a child? Can it be opened from the inside, if a child does get in?
Recently a similar thing happened, tragically, to two children in a hope chest. (A hope chest is typically a cedar-lined trunk made of wood.) They hid in a hope chest that could not be opened from the inside; by the time they were found, it was too late to save them. Many antique hope chests have sturdy clamps that lock the heavy wooden lid in place. They were designed to be moth-proof, so have little or no air circulation.
Car trunks are an attractive nuisance for children playing hide and seek. They are most deadly in the summer, when the trunk gets hot and stuffy faster. Kids and Cars.org recommends
- Teach kids not to play in or around cars.
- Always lock car doors and trunks, and keep the keys out of children’s sight and reach.
- Supervise young children closely when they are around cars. Be especially careful when loading or unloading the trunk.
- Keep rear fold-down seats closed to help prevent kids from getting into the trunk from inside the car.
Although this may seem like common sense, I don’t think it is all obvious. Children (and pets) often crawl into closets, cabinets, and other tight spaces. Sometimes they can get out. Sometimes they can alert you to their presence. Sometimes, they fall asleep and die. Please walk through your house, yard, and garage to find these hazards before some little creature, human or not, does.
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