Question of the day from SKL

Do you have any obsessive safety habits?

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17 Responses to Question of the day from SKL

  1. Sue says:

    No, I don’t. I always wear my seatbelt, but it’s not something I obsess over!

  2. Joy says:

    I’m very obsessive about leaving things that get hot plugged in. Coffee pot, toaster, blow dryer or curling iron. Or leaving a candle on. I look 20 times to make sure a candle has gone out. I’m very afraid of fire.

  3. Laura says:

    I don’t think I’m obsessive about anything, safety-wise. If anything, I guess you could say I’m obsessive about NOT being too safe… I believe that kids, especially, need a little risk in their lives – I let Josh climb in and out of my truck, Bo Duke style, for example. first couple of times, I spotted him, but now he does it on his own.

    Maybe putting on seatbelts? ‘Cause I know how mangled a body can get if it meets a stationary object while travelling at 70 mph. Otherwise, no.

  4. SKL says:

    Darned if I can remember what inspired this question.

    Generally I am very “take life as it comes” so I don’t tend to be obsessive about anything, I don’t think. Well, maybe a little when it comes to dumb things kids have been known to do all too often. Like run behind their own mom’s moving car or figure out a way to get into a closed pool/jacuzzi. I wouldn’t let my kids into the jacuzzi building at all, until very recently – and even then I checked to make sure there was the covered jacuzzi was empty (we rarely use it). But on the other hand, I let my kids have a lot of freedom and never have had those “safety products” such as cabinet locks.

    • SKL says:

      Oh, I’m also weird about letting the kids eat in the car (could choke while I’m speeding down the highway) or have balloons in their bedroom and a handful of other things. I get the eebiejeebies (sp?) when my kids eat something that is full of chemicals. (Though I have no problem with them rolling in dirt, sharing germs with any and all kids, and eating with dirty hands.)

    • Laura says:

      Oh, those “safety products”!!! They drive me nuts! Even though I did use a few… in our old house, we had a concrete hearth with sharp edges, at just the right height that Josh might whack his head as he was learning to walk… I padded the edge and the corner. I used cabinet locks on one cabinet – the one under the sink where all the chemicals live. And I used the door-handle-thwarters on my doors to the outside, because Josh was a bit of a Houdini, and could escape. But all those safety measures came off ASAP, because they drove me crazy. They were also practical or last resort, as opposed to obsessive.

  5. Ellen says:

    No, I am not obsessive about safety things. Maybe a bit on hygiene and good, healthy food. Very good question, SKL!

  6. mssc54 says:

    I’m not really obsessive about it but BALLOONS. The latex, stick them in your mouth and blow them up type of balloons. Do you know how many kids put blown up balloons in their mouth, have them pop and have their airways blocked each year?! Well, I don’t either but I bet it’s a bunch. 😦

    But I am NOT compulsive about them. We just don’t do balloons.

  7. Just a Mom says:

    Birth Control?! 😉 (Sorry I had to write that!!)

    I don’t obsess over any safety habits. I will say that I am with the rest of the bunch with the seat belts. My car does not move an inch unless everyone has them on.

  8. Nikki says:

    Unplugging stuff, and turning things off before leaving the house. That’s from years of Jason being obsessed about it, I now am.

    Bailey is a little obsessed about his seat belt, he used to freak out if the car started to move, and his seat belt wasn’t on. Now he doesn’t freak out, but he will tell you to wait! It’s a good thing!

    • Joy says:

      Jason must have gotten it from me. We also had a house fire once where our toaster shorted out and my oven mitts were on the top. They were “fire retardant” but still smoldered and we had to call the fire dept in the middle of the night when the smoke alarms went off. It was very scary so to this day, nothing that gets hot stays plugged in. Anything can short out.

  9. Jenny says:

    I guess not too much… seatbelts like everyone else has been saying. Birth that was a good one! Putting sunscreen on Hunter before he goes outside. I can’t think of anything else.

  10. starlaschat says:

    Probably talking on the cell phone when I’m driving or texting. I really try and make it a rule for myself not to text or talk while I am driving. It’s one thing I can do to try to avoid distracted driving. I also go on earthquake watch occasionally. Which is probably a little strange. Watching the USGS site. Oh well. I like to keep informed. I also like to see what volcanoes are erupting around the globe. That’s enough. OH, I always wear my seat belt and so does Navar. I thought that was an interesting thing about him when I first met him. Strange, but I thought it was unusual. Not anymore.

  11. kweenmama says:

    I am obsessive about seat-belts…just ask my kids!

  12. Laura says:

    Ok, I thought of something… I’m obsessive about Josh around the pool. I insisted that he learn how to swim without water wings. He wasn’t allowed to use a floatie as a toy until he was able to float on his own. He wasn’t allowed to go off the diving boards outside of swim lessons (because the guards were right there to catch him) until he could successfully swim the length of the main pool without touching the bottom.

    I’ve always believed in pool safety, so it’s extremely important to me that he have a healthy respect for the water, and be able to handle himself in it. As he progresses with his swimming skills, he earns new privileges. Next up is the water park. He has to grow 3″ for that, and learn to swim respectably without goggles.

  13. SKL says:

    I was told when I bought my dryer that one of the top causes of house fires is dryers, so I really try not to leave the house with that on. And I’m extra careful about anything flammable being left near anything that could get hot, even if it’s off. Because you never know what idiot is going to fry an egg without first removing the plastic on the stove, etc. I don’t think any of these are obsessive – just sensible habits, I think.

    Oh, I won’t let my kids eat tortilla chips. One of them choked on a little piece of one, over 2 years ago. That was enough for me. Now, I will probably consider letting them eat one if they ask at a party and they promise to chew well before swallowing. But I don’t have them around the house. On the other hand, I have never bothered about them eating hot dogs, even though one of them all but inhaled a whole dog a couple years ago. Whatever, that didn’t worry me as much. OK, so maybe I’m not so logical after all.

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