Safety in the home – a clear alternative to glass


Safety first

 When our daughter started moving under her own steam, we did what any parent with common sense would, and as all the professionals advised us to do – we began to baby-proof our home.  Apart from all the usual hazard prevention tricks like using electric socket covers, stair gates and temptingly dangling table cloths, we decided to change our coffee table.

Making changes

We loved the table but it had a glass cover.  And it was a ‘standard’ height coffee table – the perfect height for a cruising baby/toddler to grab hold of and slam toys onto.

Of course, the glass was toughened but we just couldn’t rest easy and we wanted to let our daughter explore as freely and easily as possible.  So out the table went. Continue reading

Safety at work tips and tricks

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Safety at work tips and tricks

When I was asked by SHEilds NEBOSH training providers to talk about health and safety at work, I thought it was a brilliant idea – it’s all about keeping safe and happy in all areas of life isn’t it?

The average person spends alot of time at work, after all.  Going about your daily work, rushing around, sometimes on auto-pilot can mean that we get clumsy, miss spotting trip-hazards or we think someone will see the bag that you always put down next to your desk.

Watch out for the near-miss

I’ve known of ‘near misses’ when someone has almost tripped on a bag handle that has found its way into a walkway.  That bag might always be put there day in, day out and everyone knows it’s there… until  someone new comes along or someone’s carrying something and they can’t see it.
Safety At Work Tips And Tricks For Health And Safety Wellbeing

Never assume

Never assume that someone knows an object is there just because that’s where you always put it before you flick the kettle on for your morning cuppa!

Oh and don’t you just love your morning cuppa?!  Whether it’s a nice strong coffee or a, “tea, 2 sugars please!”

Why not pop it in a travel mug, with a secure lid?  It’ll keep it hot for longer and prevent the dreaded spillage all over the keyboard and electrics!  Since doing exactly that, I’m a convert to my ‘travel cup’ with secure lid and my one with a straw for my water and juice.  A little bit of liquid goes a long way.  Trust me, I know!

An accident waiting to happen?

And those computer leads under the desk?  Yeah they’ve been like that for ages.  They’ll be okay.  I know they’re there because when I stretch my legs out, I get tangled up!  But spare a thought for the person who doesn’t know those cables are there…  Quite a hazard, getting tangled up in electrical cables.

This all applies in any workspace, including if you work from home.  There are still all of these going on in the average home workspace.  And now it’s clear to see why it’s so important to #StaySafeatWork

Have you had a near-miss or an incident in your workplace that you’d like to share?  Let me know in the comments below or tweet me @AllSortsHere 🙂 

*This is a collaborative post but all words and opinions are my own.


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Approaching the issue of Stranger Danger

Walking down the road with our little girl, I said ‘hello’ to a random stranger as we both moved across slightly to make room for each other while our paths crossed.
It was enough of a move to warrant a friendly yet anonymous ‘hello’ and ‘thank you’ from me to them and vice versa.
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“Who is that mummy?” asked our 6 year old.
“I don’t know them but it’s nice to say hello to friendly people when you pass in the street sometimes.”
And that was that.  In that moment, I realised that I had indirectly told our little girl that it was okay to talk to and to say hello to random strangers…
…which it is.  And there’s the problem isn’t it?
We’re bringing up our little girl to be friendly and open by saying hello to strangers, and therefore encouraging her to speak to strangers.  And in the process, going against everything that ‘stranger danger’ ever taught me as a child.  I distinctly remember the ‘Charley Says…’ campaign.  “Charley says always tell your mummy when you go anywhere…”
Of course, to my adult mind, this is perfectly acceptable.  To our little girl’s 6 year old mind – obviously not so.
Where do we go from here then?
Do we now ignore everyone ‘random’ and friendly in our little town?  Of course not.
As an after thought, I told our little girl that they probably knew Grandma… laughing that she knows everyone and therefore, they are not a stranger.  It still doesn’t get around the wish to bring up our little girl to be friendly, considerate and polite though.
Where we’ve moved from, saying random hellos is just not the done thing. Where we live now, it is common.  We love it.  It’s a very friendly town.  To say hello to dog walkers as they pass on the pavement and you each move slightly aside to let each other pass is what happens here.
To myself and hubby, it’s a refreshing change that our adult m0nids are mature enough to deal with.  To our little girl’s immature mind, it’s not so easy is it?
In an ideal world, this is a value I’d love to instil in our little girl.  To talk to people, to meet people, to listen to people, to learn about people, to make friends with people.
To a degree we have to perhaps just let her get on with it, let her talk to these people with us there, to encourage her to say ‘hello’ too.  She has to make her own way in the world herself eventually, after all.
Society can be a cruel, anonymous, dangerous place though.  Where we live, in the main, it isn’t these things.  The simple word ‘hello’ brings into question the whole issue of how to approach ‘stranger danger’ without turning our children into ignorant unfriendly, even rude individuals.
What are your views?  What would you have done/said in this situation?  Please share in the comments below.
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