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Avoiding Accidents


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In this video about avoiding accidents, we learn how to make safe choices. This way we can to stop accidents before they happen. Since accidents often happen at home, we walk through the kitchen, bathroom, stairway and basement to see what we can do to avoid them.

Transcript Avoiding Accidents

When it comes to accidents, we often don't look at what we can do until after it's already happened. Today, however, let's take a look at "Avoiding Accidents." Did you know that most accidents happen at home? Let's walk through a few rooms and see where they can happen. Let's start in the kitchen. There is a lot of cooking going on here, with full pots, hot stove tops and ovens that can easily burn someone who is not being careful. But not only that! See what's hanging on the wall above the blender? Sharp knives! You can cut yourself or hurt others. As a child, you should not be using knives. Responsible adults always hold a knife with the pointed, sharp edges downward away from their body and carry them blunt side first. Can you see what's in the basket on the shelf? It's too high up to see, so never climb on shelves. The cabinet could tip over, but you can ask someone who can reach it instead! Let's take a look at the bathroom. In the bathroom, wet tiles can be slippery and dangerous. You can easily fall with bare feet. Look, the window is still open! Should you try to reach the handle and close it? No, it's safer to ask someone who can reach. Do not climb on objects to reach things because you could fall. It looks like someone took a bubble bath, but what's on the edge of the bathtub? A hair dryer. And it's still plugged into the socket. Do you know what can happen? Well, electricity and water must never touch each other... because it could be very dangerous and hurt someone very badly. Hmmm, are these candies in the cabinet? That's strange, why would candies be in the bathroom? Stop! These are medicines. You should never take medicine without an adult! Even if it looks colorful or tasty! This cabinet should always be locked! Even detergents or dishwashing liquids can look like colorful drinks. But, do not drink them! Come on, let's walk down the stairs Slow down! Even holding the railing can end with a fall if you are racing and what's down there on the floor, a long cable and a carpet. You might trip! Always look carefully at what is in front of you! What else do you think could be dangerous in the hallway? The burning candle. As a child, you should never light a fire, nor should an adult leave one alone. A hallway is not the best place for a lit candle, especially not next to a big pile of paper books! Finally, let's go downstairs to the basement. Here are tools, paint buckets, bottles and jars. Some have danger symbols. This means "flammable." Whatever is inside can easily catch fire and burn quickly especially if there is a flame nearby. And this one, which is used for chemicals and cleaning supplies. It tells you that what's inside is toxic and can't be eaten. And what does the exclamation mark mean? It means irritant, so it can burn or bother your skin, eyes, and even breathing. Responsible adults are the only ones who should handle types of bottles with these warnings on them. Today we learned about many situations where accidents can happen at home. Now you know what to look out for and how to avoid them!

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Avoiding Accidents exercise

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  • Where do most accidents happen?


    It's somewhere you spend a LOT of time!

    It's not at work.


    Most accidents happen at home.

    This is because we spend a LOT of time at home. There's so many different items that could cause harm, if they aren't properly used and stored.

  • Can you find all the possible accidents?


    You should never try to reach something that's too high.

    Ask an adult for help instead of climbing on something tall.

    It can be dangerous to touch hot surfaces.

    What's that on the floor? Don't slip!

    There are 5 things that can cause an accident. Can you find them all?


    Never try to use knives. They are very sharp!

    Don't touch the pot on the stove or the pie in the oven -- they could be hot and burn you!

    Watch out for the water on the floor, you could slip and fall.

    Never climb shelves or cabinets. Ask an adult to get items that are too high up.

  • Which of these images can you safely eat?


    The image on the left means our friend can safely eat the item. The image on the right means the item is not safe to eat.

    Medicine can make you sick if it's not yours. It looks a lot like candy!

    Which picture is candy and which is medicine?

    Laundry and cleaning detergent can look like juice. But never drink it, it is dangerous!

    Can you find the detergent? Can you find the juice?


    Medicine, detergent, and paint are NOT safe to eat! They can make you very sick.

    Candy and juice are safe to eat - and delicious!

  • Do you recognize these symbols?


    Flammable means it can easily catch on fire.

    Can you find the symbol that shows a flame?

    Lightning is made up of electricity. That's why the symbol for electric shock looks like a lightning bolt.

    Can you find it?

    Toxic is another word for deadly.

    Which symbol best describes this?


    The symbol for flammable is a flame. It tells you that it's easy to start a fire.

    The symbol for toxic is the skull and cross bones. This means that something is poisonous!

    The symbol for irritant is the exclamation mark. It's a general warning that something could be harmful to you.

    The symbol for electric shock is the arrow in the shape of a lightning bolt.

  • Which situations are safe and which are dangerous?


    Remember, electric cords and water should never touch.

    Which image shows a hairdryer that is safely stored?

    Never hold a sharp object out in front of you, you could hurt someone!


    A cord from a hairdryer should never touch water. It could cause electric shock. It's best to unplug it and store it away from the bathtub.

    Sharp objects like knives and scissors should always be handled by adults. Carry them with the sharp point down towards the floor.

    It's much easier to trip and fall when you are running! It's never safe to run down stairs.

  • Spot all the potential accidents in the house.


    There are 6 potential accidents in the kitchen and 1 in the living room.

    Can you find them all?

    Sometimes, unsafe actions can cause accidents.

    Find all the people in the house and figure out whether their actions are safe or dangerous.

    There are 15 potential accidents in the photo.

    Can you find them all?


    All of the items in the photo above are potential accidents.

    Room 1: The bottle of detergent is open and dangerous if consumed. The iron is hot and steamy! Don't touch it or you could get burned.

    Room 2: The kid is running down the stairs which could end in a fall! The rug could easily cause someone to trip and fall.

    Room 3: The hairdryer is plugged in and near the bathtub. It should be stored away from water to avoid electric shock. The puddle of water could case someone to slip and fall.

    Room 4: The boy is jumping on the bed which could lead to a bad bump or fall. The scissors are sharp and could cut someone - they should be stored safely.

    Room 5: The pot on the stove is hot! Be careful not to touch it. The bottles of cleaner under the sink are toxic - don't drink them! The girl is climbing the cabinet to reach the jar. This is dangerous, she could fall! There's a knife near the sink that is not stored properly. The candle is lit and could cause a fire if it's knocked over. There's an open bottle of pills on the table. They could make you sick if you eat them!

    Room 6: There's an open flame in the fireplace that could cause a fire or burn you if you get to close!