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Open fire, snake bites, falling from a height and drowning - these are the dangers that await children at Independence Day celebrations. Precautions that will help you keep your children safe at home and in nature

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Snakes and ladders: the dangers lurking for children in Independence Day celebrations

Open fire, snakes waking up from hibernation, falling from a height and drowning - go out to celebrate independence with your family, just do not forget to keep a good eye on the children, it may end in disaster


  • Independence Day

  • BBQ

  • children's safety

  • Snakes



Thursday, 15 April 2021, 07:31 Updated: 07:55

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At any given moment one needs to know who the responsible adult is who oversees the children.

Israelis celebrate independence in the park (Photo: ShutterStock)

Unlike last year's Independence Day, which we celebrated under quarantine restrictions, we will finally be able to celebrate this Independence Day with friends and family.

Some of us will take advantage of this day for nature walks, others will hold the traditional picnic and fire in parks and campsites around the country and take advantage of the spring weather, and there are also those who will celebrate the holiday at home - on the terrace or in the garden.

For our variety of special articles for the 73rd Independence Day - click here

in the organization before child safety seeks to refine and mention that even in the home environment children can be exposed to dangers, which parents are not always aware of.

Sometimes staying in the home environment is perceived by parents as safer than an open or unfamiliar place, and they tend to lower their level of alertness.

Which can lead to disaster, especially when involved in the open fire of barbecues.

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"Celebrating Independence Day at home requires increased parental attention. We have a misguided tendency to think that the home is safer than the open space, but keep in mind that children are curious and love to explore the environment. Even if the environment is familiar, "It's getting more dangerous," said Orly Silvinger, executive director of the organization Before Child Safety.

Celebrating on the terrace?

Keep climbing furniture away from the railing (Photo: ShutterStock)

Silvinger added that especially in situations where there is more than one adult in the environment, it is important to determine at all times who the adult is responsible for supervising the children.

"The same adult should be fully attentive to children, without distraction," she said.

Organization Guidelines Before Child Safety for Celebrating Safe Independence:

  • While preparing the barbecue, keep small children away from the fire.

    Keep combustibles away from children

  • Do not leave children unattended on the porch or yard.

    Lock the balcony and the yard at every exit from it

  • Keep furniture that can be climbed away from the balcony railing, such as a chair, table, etc.

  • In a water environment do not leave children unattended, not even for a moment

  • Determine at any given moment who the adult is responsible for supervising the children within touching distance and without distraction

  • Children eat in a sitting position, under the supervision of an adult and without other activities at the same time

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If you are planning to celebrate independence in the open spaces - in parks, forests and nature reserves, this is the place to warn of another seasonal danger - snake bites.

In the spring season the snakes wake up from their winter slumber and start looking for food and mates.

This is why this season and until the beginning of summer, human encounters with snakes increase, and some end in a bite.

Do not try to catch snakes yourself.

Python snake in the Negev (Photo: The Society for the Protection of Nature, Yotam Hoffman, of the Society for the Protection of Nature)

If you come across a snake in your yard or living area, do not disturb it and do not try to capture or expel it yourself.

Contact the municipal hotline or catch a licensed snake and call for their help.

What to do in case of snakebite?

The first and most important action is to call for help -

call an ambulance immediately


Treat any case of snakebite as an emergency

, even if you think you know if the snake was venomous or not.

Many snakes look similar, and waiting for symptoms to appear can be dangerous.

Stay calm.

Do not run and do not panic.

This will help slow down the spread of venom in the body.

The venom penetrates the body most often through the lymphatic system and not directly through the bloodstream as many believe.

Unlike blood that is pumped continuously in the body, the lymph moves when the limbs are moved, so

it is recommended to stay calm and move as little as possible


Long, deep breaths may help the body relax.

It is advisable to identify the snake when reporting

or arriving for a medical examination.

If it can be photographed it is fine.

Most snake bites are in the lower limbs and some in the hands.

To help slow down the absorption of venom it is recommended, assuming there is equipment available, to

bandage the lash area with an elastic bandage (below and above the lash area).

In the case of a blow to the head, neck or upper body, do not apply a compression bandage at all.

Avoid attempts to catch, injure or kill the snake.

All hospitals have antibody treatment for the different types of venom, and tests that can help determine the severity of the beating and tailor the most appropriate treatment.

What not to do?

There are many old methods of treating snake bites that can do more harm than good.

These include flushing the area of ​​the bite, sucking the bite area to "suck out the venom," cutting the area of ​​the bite or wrapping an artery blockage on the limb, which can cause irreversible damage.

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