5 Simple Ideas You Should Know To Prevent Injuries When Shopping With Kids

Are you ready to do some shopping in the sales; with your children? Before you go out and enjoy some retail therapy, read about our 5 great ideas to prevent your kids from getting hurt or injured whilst you are bargain hunting.

Normally, you would always hold your little one’s hand when crossing the road, using tricky playground equipment and you are obliged to ensure that your child is on the correct type of seat with the seat belt fastened. These are the obvious precautions that you may take on a daily basis to avoid or reduce the chances of an injury. They are sensible safety measures to take as a lot of accidents do happen in situations involving a youngster.

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Accidents Do Happen!

In spite of your awareness of keeping safe, a visit to the shops generally shows that parents get preoccupied with the main purpose of being there with the children being captivated by dangerous things such as fancy shop displays, ornamental pieces, lifts and escalators. They often carry a level of risk where a person can be injured, sometimes quite seriously.

Of course these places of hazards cannot be completely avoided, so we have got 5 simple ideas from specialists of child safety to show us how to keep your kids safe when you are shopping.

1. Using Lifts

With many kids injured by lifts, also known as elevators, every year where their fingers or limbs are crushed in the doors, it is certainly makes sense to be careful. Lifts have photoelectric sensors which are meant to open the doors if it senses an obstruction. Unfortunately, they are not always clever enough to detect a small child’s finger or hand and will continue to operate regardless of what is in the way.

Suggested Ideas To Keep Safe:

1 • Elevator safety features are usually reliable, but the sensors can fail and will close the lift doors regardless of what is in the way. Do not wedge the door with your foot or hand to try and open the doors to avoid crushing your limbs.

2 • Be careful of the gap between the lift and the floor. Check to see it is level before you enter or exit with your child. You do not want to trip or get a foot trapped in the gap.

3 • Where possible, position yourself and your child to the back of the carriage. Do not lean on the lift doors or touch them. Most of the accidents happen at the elevator doors.

2. Touching Shop Displays

Have you noticed those fancy large displays in the shops? The ones that really stand out and captures your, never mind the kids’ attention? They are usually marked “Do Not Touch”. Clearly, they are seen as a hazard and if it falls down, the end result is going to be catastrophe with possible injuries.

Yet, huge displays are not the only thing that can be dangerous. Smaller exhibits are also a problem as many are designed to meet the demands of more stylish consumers and tend to have glass content, sharp edges and are often heavy. Each element can cause injuries if not installed or handled correctly.

Suggested Ways To Keep Safe:

1 • Do adhere to the signs – if it says do not touch, then do not let your kids play around the display areas and handle the displayed items or stands. The chances are that the demonstrator item is probably not very secure and can simply come apart to unbalance the whole podium.

2 • Allow children to explore carefully. Children enjoy discovering new places to search and crawl into. They frequently like to scramble through clothing racks and other impossible places. The danger is that in the fun of playing, children can pull the entire rack or display down and it may injure someone.

3 • Stop children from reaching for something that is perched on a shelf or table above their eye level. They could end up hitting over fragile or heavy items and bring down the entire display to cause harm to themselves or others.

3. Travelling on Escalators

Each year, hundreds of kids are hurt on escalators. A lot of the injured are children under the age of five.

Generally, many youngsters are anxious to travel on escalators and are afraid of getting hurt. To be honest, escalators can be treacherous to ride on if you are not accustomed to it. You have to get used to the change in motion and keep your balance steady. If your child becomes unstable and fall, then there is a chance that their clothing, hands, fingers or even foot can get stuck in the escalator’s mechanical parts. This can lead to serious injuries where a child can lose a limb.

Plans To Keep Safe:

1 • To help keep a child’s balance, it is a good idea to hold their hand to direct them entering and departing the moving staircase.

2 • Stand still and face the direction of travel. It is never a good idea to sit on the step as there are moving parts just below which can entrap pieces of clothing or a limb.

3 • A pushchair should not be used on the escalators as it not secure with 2 rollers on a step. A nudge can easily unsettle the person holding the buggy and cause it to wheel off. With a child inside, the outcome of the tumble can be disastrous. Use a lift where possible.

4 • Any loose clothing should be tucked away and shoelaces knotted tight. Inspect other pieces of clothing that could get caught in the escalator and drag or pull your child down. If an incident does occur, then push the emergency stop switch usually at the bottom or top of the travelling staircase. You may need to shout for assistance if you are too far.

4. Pushing the Shopping Trolley

On shopping trollies, young children and babies have special seats made for them to sit on. They were designed for to make shopping easier for parents with their children close by to supervise. A shopping trolley is also seen as a ride on apparatus by infants where they catch a ride on the sides or at the end. This can cause the trolley to become unbalanced and hazardous.

In the UK, shopping trolley related accidents involve many children, mostly under 5 year old infants, to seek medical attention for head, neck and arm injuries. Be in no doubt that the trolley if not used correctly, can hurt your child if crashed or tipped over when unbalanced.

Suggested Ideas To Keep Safe:

1 • Use the seat on the shopping trolley and avoid placing a child in the basket part of the trolley. Make sure that you keep your child belted in with the provided straps to stop from falling out and getting severely injured.

2 • Do not let kids ride on the sides or the end of the shopping trolley. It may be tempting to let them push the trolley instead, but that can also cause accidents as a child is usually not able to control direction from lower heights.

3 • Remain close to your child in the trolley when you are browsing so that you can act quickly in case of danger. Do not turn your back to the child as it takes a moment for child to reach over and grab something injurious or topple the shopping trolley.

4 • Stop from placing a baby car seat on top of a shopping trolley. The centre of gravity becomes much higher and is likely to cause the trolley to tip over.

5. Absconding Children

A shopping centre can be an intriguing place for children. They are known for suddenly absconding to explore things that fascinate them and before you know it, they are out of sight. A split-up like this can be a traumatic time for parents in a large shopping centre where anything could happen to their child.

If Your Child Absconds Guide:

1 • One of the reasons children may abscond is that they are bored and easily distracted. Get them engaged with things that interest them, such as toys, tablets or books.

2 • Discuss with your child before shopping the strategies to use if you are separated. Best to advice kids to stay where they are so that you are able to retrace your steps. If it takes too long then ask them to search for a uniformed attendant to help. It is important that you familiarise yourself with the uniform the store workers wear for your child to recognise.

3 • In smaller shops, it may well be that there are no uniformed staff. A good tip is to get your children to look for another mother with a child for can get the appropriate help.

4 • Another tip is to write your mobile number on a piece of paper for your child to keep in their pocket. Tell them to hand to an appropriate adult to contact you in case of emergencies, an accident or when they are lost.

5 • And finally, you as a parent must remain calm and try to retrace your steps. If this does not work, inform the shopping centre’s security or helpdesk. They have procedures in place and resources for situations like these. Most likely, they will find your child through their networks of personnel and CCTV.

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