Stay safe when you're out with your children, whether in a shopping mall, on the road, or at the park.
Imagine a five-year-old child in a shopping mall, running full speed ahead of their parents. In their innocent mind, pillars are castles they can hide behind and escalators are magic carpet rides. They have no concern of sharp edges, tall ledges, or even danger. To a child, the whole world is one giant playground.
Adults can't afford to be so carefree. We have to be vigilant when it comes to a child's safely. Accidents related to falls and injuries are the leading cause of death in children under 15, says the US Centre for Disease Control and Prevention. But most of these accidents can be prevented, too.
Mum-of-two and entrepreneur May Lim is more aware of child safety after she enrolled her seven-year-old, Amelia, in a Child Safe Shopping Workshop conducted by Sunway Pyramid in Selangor. The annual school holiday programme, launched in 2012, teaches kids from the ages of six to 12 essential safety tips for being in the mall. The workshop cover topics like riding the lifts and escalator, keeping safe in a car park, and what to do when kids get separated from their family.
“I wasn’t particularly strict on safety until I attended the workshop with my daughter. Since then we’ve been practising what we've learned. Each time we get on the escalator, she will remind our family to hold onto the handrail and stand within the yellow lines," says Lim, 42. “You may think it’s something very basic, but when you see other kids playing around on the escalator, you will be relieved that your daughter knows why she shouldn’t be doing that.”