Are You Health and Safety Conscious?

Health and Safety - health and safety issues
April 15, 2007 12:03am CST
Do you have a smoke alarm in your home that works? Are you aware of fire exits when you visit a restaurant or cinema. Do you have safety locks on everything to protect your kids? OR Do you think we have all gone mad and there is too much emphasis on Health and Safety nowadays. What do you do, if anything?
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@Stiletto (4584)
15 Apr 07
I suppose I am fairly safety conscious - I do have working smoke alarms at home and I have my escape all planned out if there should be a fire. There again I live in a first floor flat so it just seems common sense to be a little prepared for the worst! The only time I ever check to see where fire exits are is if I'm in a really crowded place like a concert or something like that. That's mainly because I have been known to have panic attacks in large crowds and like to see an escape route in case I need one. However, I think this current obsession with Health and Safety is quite mad - particularly with regard to children. My daughter showed me a RoSPA leaflet the other day which advised against using Baby Walkers. The reason? Because it makes the child too mobile and therefore increases the risk of accidents!! So I guess to be really, really safe we should just make sure children don't move unless absolutely necessary - madness! I often wonder how people like me who were children pre-1980 (because that's when the lunacy began to set in) actually managed to survive into adulthood. When I read some of the current thinking on Health and Safety it seems that we were in mortal danger almost every waking minute! It's all absolute tripe. I believe in personal and parental responsibility. I have no patience with these idiots that sue McDonalds because the coffee is too hot or ban trampolines from parks in case children fall off and hurt themselves. I feel sorry for kids nowadays - they're maybe "safer" but they won't have half as much fun as we did.
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15 Apr 07
I agree with you. I work in a nursery and many of the parents are stuck to their kids like glue if they climb too high or run too fast. We have monkey bars and the kids absolutely love the challenge to get across them. We were told that when the playground is changed and they get rid of the bars they will not be replaced because they are too high and considered dangerous. OK, some kids do fall, but they don't hurt themselves badly. It sets them challenges and risks which is what kids need, like when we were small. As you say I don't know how we survived.LOL Thanks.
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@gabs8513 (48712)
• United Kingdom
15 Apr 07
Yes I am very Health and safety Concious as that was part of my last Job. There is never to much Emphasis on it, if People want to be safe then they will take notice to I had to train People on Health and safety when I employed someone New and once a Month I would refresh their Memories
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15 Apr 07
I bet this was a tough job sometimes? My partner does this in his job and some just don't take it seriously. Thanks.
• United States
15 Apr 07
I do pay attention to things like where the exits are in the restarants and movie theaters, but I don't map out a plan and discuss it with the kids. :) We do have smoke alarms in our home and fire extinguishers, but that's just a common sense precaution. I do not have the safety locks on my stuff and I never have. I just had an active role in my children's growth and made sure they were told "no". Honestly, my kids never really messed with things like cabinet drawers, the toilet, etc. that people get those child locks for. Now, I did (and still do) have the outlet covers. But, WARNING about those outdlet covers!! Do not get those that are square and go in the plug...I did and some how my daughter got one of my extras and had it all the way in her mouth. If it would have gotten stuck in there, there is no way to get it out...it fit perfectly...
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15 Apr 07
You are so right. I always taught my kids about safety. The only thing I had were gates on the stairs and to the kitchen when they were young as you do need eyes in the back of you head sometimes. That must have been frightening seeing your daughter with the outlet in her mouth. Don't they just love trying to put everything in their mouths. I remember when my son was little he even tried to lick the cat! Thanks.
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@rosie_123 (6118)
15 Apr 07
Well I do think things have gone a ltitle too far in that regard here in the UK these days. The silly tules about things like not decorating offices with tinsel at Christmas because it is a fire hazard, seem way over-the-top to me! However, I am relatively safety conscious myself. We do have a smoke alarm in our house, and I do take care when cooking - for example, always turning the saucepan handles "inwards" on the hob, so they can't be acidentally knocked, and spill boiling ingredients everywhare. We don't have kids, but we do have 5 cats, so the same kind of rules apply about not leaving tablets around they could eat etc, and not leaving boiling water around. Interesting discussion - thanks.
15 Apr 07
It really is just common sense, but sadly it seems we need to be told how to do everything nowdays. Its amazing how we all survived years ago! Thanks
@crazynurse (7489)
• United States
21 Apr 07
Add me to the list of those who are health and safety conscious. I guess it comes with with job! (nurse) I am obsessive about seat belts, smoke alarms, fire extinquishers, fire exits, transfat,and many more things! My hubby and kids like to kid me about it but I don't care. I want to keep my family alive and well! I love them enough to care!
22 Apr 07
When we have others to look after we do become more safety conscious. I know someone who refuses to wear a seat belt and I think he is totally mad! Thanks
@pumpkinjam (6130)
• United Kingdom
19 Feb 16
My smoke alarm doesn't work because I broke it. I was supposed to be getting it fixed but the dude who came out to fix it said he couldn't do it there and then. I haven't seen him since! I really should get that sorted. I do tend to make myself aware of fire exits though. I think a lot of health and safety is over the top. I'm a nursery nurse and I find some rules are ridiculous. They're obviously only in place because someone's sued over it there or elsewhere. I had safety devices on some cupboards when the kids were little but now, at age 16 and 10, I don't think that's necessary anymore! It does, however, concern me that there is only one door to my upstairs flat. The only other way of getting out is jumping out of a window which would be 20 feet or more to the ground!
@natliegleb (5183)
• India
2 Dec 12
i want to be health conscious but i am not exactly exercising daily but indeed protecting myself from safety and health hazards and refraining from all sorts of dangerous activities all the time
@Shavkat (73910)
• Philippines
27 Nov 12
For a person to wish for is safety and protections against bad elements. It is a human instinct to protect himself or people close to them. In the society, the different undesirable things going on. Being secured is one of their top priority in life.
• United States
17 Apr 07
I do have a working smoke alarm in my house. I also try to sit near the door in any establishment. Tried the safety locks and found the kids can get into the cupboards quicker than I can!