How To Use Plastic Bags Safely

clear bagPlastic bags are a staple household item. However, as useful as they are, they also pose a few potential risks and hazards. They are fantastic in terms of transporting items or storing things but they have been known to cause terrible injury, and even death, particularly in young children. Luckily, it is easy enough to avoid problems like these through simple but effective education of youngsters. So long as they know how to safely handle plastic bags, there are no real dangers involved in them at all. As such, all you really need to do is ensure your child understands the potential dangers and, particularly, that they do not put the bags on their face.

If your children are of an age where they are able to understand the information you give them, educating them on the dangers of plastic bags is reasonably easy. You simply have to have a conversation in which you explain why these bags can be dangerous and how they should handle them. You should ensure your children understand that if the bag goes over their face, there is a risk of it getting stuck and them no longer able to breathe. It should be pointed out that the risk of suffocation is very real.

Meanwhile, if you have very young children, with whom you cannot have conversations like this, you will need to put other measures in place in order to ensure their protection. If you have an older child and a younger child, than your older child can work with you in teaching the younger one what the dangers of plastic bags are. After all, young children always look up to their older siblings, so they are likely to follow their example anyway. Additionally, giving older children that sense of responsibility is really important for their overall personal development and sense of pride as well.

If, however, you only have young children, the responsibility to protect them lies fully with you. You need to make sure that you dispose of your plastic bags properly. Most grocery stores have recycling banks where you can place them, for instance, which is a great opportunity to keep your home safe. For the duration of time that the plastic bags are in your home, however, you need to make sure that they are inaccessible to young children. Do remember that these bags are very light, so simply placing them on top of a cupboard for instance may not be enough. A slight breeze can easily swipe them off and leave them within reach of your children. Many people have a different type of bag at a certain height and place all their plastic carriers in there until they are ready to take them to a recycling site.


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