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The school holidays are here again and children will be spending more time playing and socialising than they would do in school where they have schoolwork to keep them occupied. Parents and guardians would need to step up their attention to safety while playing as children of mixed ages would most probably have to play in the same space. Here are some things to observe while monitoring the children:

  1. Note the age recommendations on the toys. Ensure that the toys used are age-appropriate for each child. Do not let younger children play with toys that have been made for older children.
  2. Check and dispose of broken toys that cannot be repaired. Immediately repair the ones that can be fixed.
  3. Watch out for toys with sharp edges. Always be around to supervise their use. If you would not be around to monitor them, take the toy away.
  4. Limit the use of toys with projectiles. Pellet guns, paintball guns, dart guns and other toys with projectiles can cause serious injury.
  5. When giving sports toys, add the appropriate protective eyewear as part of the gift.
  6. Encourage the use of sunglasses when playing outdoors.
  7. Ensure they put on swimming goggles when in the pool to prevent eye infections.
  8. Limit screen time (laptop, television or tablet or other devices) to avoid eye strain.

If an eye injury occurs during play:

  • Seek immediate medical attention.
  • Do not touch or apply pressure to the eye or try to remove an object stuck in the eye. Do not apply any medication.

The best way to stay safe is to observe the above points and always have a responsible adult around to watch the children while they play. We wish the children a happy and eye-safe holiday.