By BBN Staff: The National Committee for Families and Children (NCFC) issued a press release today expressing deep concern over what it says are random devastating residential fires that are apparently becoming the new trend of claiming the innocent lives of children lately.
In just about one month, fire has gutted several homes claiming the lives of two children and therefore the NCFC is calling particularly on parents, to be more vigilant about children’s surroundings and whereabouts at all times.
The committee reminds parents that to be mindful that children will be children.
However, parents must always ensure that the environment is safe and things that are considered hazardous to children be put away in places that are not easily reached, the NCFC said.
NCFC warned parents to keep hazardous objects out of the reach of children: sharp blunt objects, poison, matches, candles, flammables contents and electrical wires/devices.
“As parents/guardians, we cannot take things for granted or assume that children are aware of the harm that can occur when in possession of these items or unsupervised,” the release added.
It quotes Part II Section 5-(1) of the Families and Children Act, Chapter 173 Revised Laws of Belize Edition 2011, “it should be the duty of a parent, guardian, or any person having custody of the child to maintain that child and in particular, that duty gives a child the right to a proper life. Subsection 5-(2) also states that “it shall be the duty of any person having custody of a child to use his best efforts to protect the child from discrimination, violence, abuse and neglect”.
The committee said it regrets the excruciating demise of these vibrant and energetic children and extended its deepest condolences to the families.