Avoid accidents in pre-Passover preparations
With Passover cleaning entering its most hectic phase, parents must be careful to prevent unintentional poisoning.
A woman cleans. Photo: Marc Israel Sellem/The Jerusalem Post
With Passover cleaning entering its most hectic phase less than two weeks before
the holiday, parents must be careful to prevent unintentional poisoning of young
children from cleaning materials or drowning in even shallow water in
Schneider Children’s Medical Center for Israel in Petah Tikva
warned never to store cleaning liquids in soft drink or other familiar bottles,
as every year, children who swallow poison reach the emergency room for
treatment. Always lock away such materials, and never leave them untended and
within children’s reach for even a moment.
Adults should also be careful
to wear gloves while cleaning to prevent harm from powerful chemicals. Never mix
chemicals, as bleach and other cleaners can become a deadly, fume-releasing mix.
Anyone who is hurt from cleaning products should wash the skin immediately and
seek medical help.
If you make year-round pots and pans kosher using
boiling hot water, keep children away. Hospitals receive burns patients from
boiling water before Passover every year.
As nuts, seeds and other small
hard pieces of food are commonly consumed on Passover, keep them away from
children under the age of five, as they may have difficulty swallowing properly
and choke on them. Also beware of fish bones.
As adults and even children
may gain considerable weight and suffer from constipation during the weeklong
holiday of matza, Schneider clinical dietitian Dafna Ziv Bosani advises drinking
water and eating fresh vegetables and fruits. One matza has the same number of
calories as two slices of regular bread or four slices of low-calorie bread.
Matza fried in butter or oil is very fattening. Ziv Bosani recommends eating
nutritious foods and exercising during the holiday.
The weeks before
Passover are the height of the season for the Yad Sarah organization, whose 100
branches around the country lend out wheelchairs, walkers and other equipment to
enable institutionalized elderly and disabled to be with their families for the
In the last few days, thousands of pieces of equipment have been
moved from storage at Yad Sarah’s Jerusalem headquarters to branches around the
country. By the eve of the holiday, an estimated 10,000 pieces are expected to
be lent out.
In 2012, the organization lent out a total of 273,000
medical equipment items; drivers of 40 Nechonit vans took people in wheelchairs
on 103,000 trips and 11,000 new subscribers to emergency beepers were signed up.
Volunteers made 90,00 visits to the home bound.
Magen David Adom has
already launched its annual Kimha Depis’ha Passover food fund for needy
families. It will distribute over 30,000 packages before the holiday. Thousands
of volunteers are collecting foods like canned food, matza meal and sugar.