Ok so I’ve spent the last 10 months on this tiny island of Mauritius with my family, after spending the last 30 years in Australia. I think that Sydney is massively over-regulated and do like that there are far more freedoms offered to us here on the island, but one thing I think is a massive issue is that people do not seem to risk assess very well. It particularly annoys me when it affects the safety and well being of children.
The ridiculous risk taking that I have seen here in the last few months is beyond me. Especially on the road: Carrying full gas bottles or a plastic tub of kerosene on a motorbike, massive rice sacs flopped over a pushbike – riding in traffic, people who choose not to use a blinker, or a seat belt or shoes and a bunch of workers riding unsecured (standing) in the back of an open truck.
I drive Chance to school every morning and pick him up every afternoon. The amount of parents that let their kids ride in the car without a seat belt or an appropriate car seat is crazy. It is not law to have to wear a seat belt in the back seat here. But why the Fuck wouldn’t you? Why the fuck would you let your child stand on the passenger or back seat of your car whilst driving. I’ve seen this twice this month. Where are your fucking parenting skills? How do you not see the risk in this and why don’t you know better? As parents we have the responsibility to appropriately assess any situation and make sure our kids are safe before anything. But its like some people have the “It won’t happen to me” attitude and that is how they are navigating through life. Until that unfortunate day that your child flies through the window-screen. No one wants to see a child injured or worse. So parents, For Fucks Sake, take extra precautions to ensure their safety, even if the cost is a litte higher. You can always make more money, but you will never be able to replace a child you’ve lost.
I’m going to list a few points based on the things I’ve seen here in hopes to enlighten some people (maybe education is what is lacking):
On the road
- If you have a baby, invest in a baby car-seat or capsule, and keep your kids in there until they can’t fit in it anymore (can be to 3 or 4 years old, and some boosters allow for children up to 8 years old).
- Put a seatbelt on your children and tighten the strap to fit them properly.
- Kids should never ride in the front passenger seat.
- When you can, put your child in the back middle seat.
- Babies do not belong on motor scooters.
- Maximum 2 people on a scooter (i’ve see up to 5)
- Children should not be allowed to pump petrol
- Check and replace your tires when regularly.
Out and About
- Don’t let your kid pet a stray dog, cat, human, whatever.
- Pigeons are gross and carry disease, keep the kids away from them
- It’s fucking hot here. Put sunscreen and a hat on them. Yes coloured people still can get skin cancer
- It’s fucking hot here, keep your kids hydrated (with water).
- Get them into the habit of washing their hands regularly
- Hold their hands when you are walking through outdoor areas where there are cars or a crowd of people
In the Kitchen
- If it has been left out overnight (without being refrigerated) throw it out
- The microwave is not a place to store food,neither is the oven.
- Baby bottles should be sanitised (using boiled water)
- If you have a water fountain that dispenses hot water, put a child proof handle on it
Around the house
- Wash new clothes before you give them to your kids to wear.
- Do not leave plugged-in charger cables lying around.
- Dust your fans regularly.
- Medecines and cleaning products need to be put away so kids can’t get into them.
- Don’t let them play on the stairs.
- Put a fence around your fucking pool!
- Rusty items are dangerous.
- Don’t let little kids touch the hot and cold shower faucets.
- Don’t leave them unattended in any kind of water.
This is just a start of a list. There is so much more I could add. Above all, Parents, teach your children how to be safe, play safe, and look after themselves and others. Teach them how to identify risk. And when you ask them not to do something, explain why. They are sponges to information and will learn quickly how to keep safe if we put in the effort into teaching them.