Keep things beyond children’s reach

An Islamic brother has stated, ‘One day, my son, Shaban Raza, who was the joy of our home, was playing in front of me. I got busy with some work after some time. Suddenly, it crossed my mind as to where Shaban Raza was. I called Shaban’s mother and asked where Shaban Raza was. She said, ‘I don’t know! Look there!  He might have gone down the stairs.’ When I asked, I found that he was not even downstairs at my father’s home. We started looking for Shaban anxiously. Suddenly, a thought came into my mind that we should also search for him in the wash room. As I entered the wash room, I found Shaban Raza to have fallen with his face downward into the bucket full of water. We took the child to a hospital where the doctor pronounced him dead.

اِنَّا لِلّٰہِ وَ  اِنَّاۤ اِلَیۡہِ رٰجِعُوۡنَ

Respected parents! According to a report by World Health Organization, almost 3.4 million children are injured due to domestic accidents and almost six hundred and thirty thousand out of them die annually all over the world. Though there are different reasons for these deaths and accidents, the carelessness of guardians is also a factor behind these accidents. If we want to keep our children safe from these domestic accidents, we have to ensure that no such thing that is harmful to their delicate lives be there within their reach. In this regard, if we use the precautionary measures mentioned below, it will benefit us.

Keep harmful and dangerous liquid substances e.g. acid, petrol, and kerosene oil out of children’s reach. Regarding this, do not rely on any other precautionary measure except for keeping them out of children’s reach because if we put labels of precaution on these bottles, children even then will not understand as to what is written on them. 

Keep the iron at a high place beyond children’s reach after using it until it gets cold.  Mothers should avoid getting busy with their activities, leaving their children sleeping alone. If they do so, they should watch them from time to time. Do not forget to put pillows on their sides when making them lie in bed.

Keeping heavy things and glass showpieces, etc. on a table or any other piece of furniture after spreading a cloth in the homes where there are small children is like inviting accidents yourself because children can cause things to fall upon themselves by pulling the cloth.

Respected parents! A few things have been mentioned here as examples. In addition to them, there are many such things which can harm children if they are within their reach. Therefore, after examining the environment of your surroundings, check the things and keep them out of the reach of children.

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