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Preventing accidents

Fred Wesley
Monday, November 06, 2017

VILIAME Buarua walked up to a group of children jumping into a flooded drain at Velau Drive in Kinoya yesterday and chased them all home.

It rained heavily in Nasinu and in many parts of the country yesterday.

Interestingly, Mr Buarua wasn't related to any of the children. He knew them though by virtue of them all being from around his neighbourhood.

He knew their families very well.

The children apparently did not like the thought of their joy being cut short by an adult.

They never thought about the negative impact of their actions.

An accident was obviously very far from their little minds.

It probably never factored in at all.

The weather man said a trough of low pressure was slow moving over the southern parts of Fiji. The weather bulletin issued yesterday morning said associated cloud and rain affected the country.

A high pressure system to the southeast of Fiji, the release stated, directed a fresh to strong moist easterly wind flow over the group.

The forecast to midnight today for the Fiji Group is expected to see strong easterly wind with an average speed of up to 45km/hr gusting to 65km/hr over Southern Lau, with rough to very rough seas.

Occasional rain and few thunderstorms over Kadavu, Lau and Lomaiviti group, the eastern parts and interior of the other larger islands with isolated heavy falls.

It warned of flooding of low lying areas and forecast showers especially in the afternoon or evening with possible thunderstorms elsewhere.

Showers are forecast for tomorrow in most parts of the country.

Accidents happen. They are a fact of life.

Yet accidents can be prevented.

They happen because we allow them to.

They happen because we fail to adhere to safety processes and sometimes ignore common sense.

Mr Buarua was proactive.

He was vigilant. He saw a situation that had the potential to turn ugly and took decisive action, which should be acknowledged.

His action though raises questions of how some parents respond to safety concerns.

With more showers expected around the country, it is in our best interest to be proactive.

As parents and guardians, let us be mindful of where our children are.

Let us ensure their safety and be mindful of the dangers around us.

Flooded drains are not places for a picnic or to be jumping into.

Perhaps we can all be like Mr Buarua and make decisions that may even be critical. The onus though is on us as parents and guardians to ensure no one else is forced to do that because we are mindful of the safety of our own children.

Let us stay safe.

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