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Safety in the movies: Frozen

By Courtney Taylor

With this week’s heat wave I bet many of you were wishing for winter or, at the very least, some cooler weather. Instead of wishing for the days of snow, cold and ice how about you turn on the AC and put in a movie – perhaps Disney’s Frozen will do the trick.

Frozen tells the story of two sisters, Elsa and Anna, and a quest to find true love. It was one of the must see movies last year—especially if you have relatives under the age of 10! Turns out it’s a fantastic movie that just about anyone can enjoy. I had the pleasure of watching it for the first time while I was babysitting my two little cousins, both boys. Sam, who is four, couldn’t wait for me to put it in and pretty soon he was bopping his head and singing along (he knew all the words to “Let it go”, which I think is pretty impressive!). Frozen may be full of catchy songs and a great story line, but Anna, Elsa, Kristoff and even the snowman Olaf encounter some dangerous situations that we could all learn from.

It’s always fun until somebody gets hurt.

In the beginning of the movie, Elsa and Anna sneak out of bed to play. Elsa creates a winter wonderland for Anna, they build snowmen, and Anna slides down hills created by Elsa’s magical powers. The girls are having fun until Anna is playing too fast for Elsa and gets hurt. In all the fun and excitement they forgot to pay attention to safety causing a fun time to change in a hurry. In the case of Elsa and Anna, maybe proper footwear and attire could have helped them stay safe. It’s always good to be prepared for any fun event you are partaking in.

Seatbelts save lives

Anna and Kristoff end up being chased by wolves on their quest to find Elsa. Neither one of them is buckled or wearing any sort of harness keeping them in the sleigh. It’s all fine and dandy until Kristoff stands up and is grabbed by a wolf off the sleigh. Thankfully, Anna comes to his rescue and he is able to get back on the sleigh. It’s a good reminder that in moving vehicles it’s important to be strapped in to avoid falling out. Even though a sleigh is not a car it is a moving vehicle and strapping in could have kept Kristoff from falling out of the sleigh and needing to be saved by Anna!

Fire is dangerous

When Olaf comes to Anna’s rescue, he quickly starts a fire to warm her up. He dumps in an arm full of logs (almost including his own arm as kindling) and lights the fire. Instantly he’s mesmerized by the flames and heat. I get it— fire can be fascinating to watch. In Olaf’s case, he starts to melt because he’s too close to the fire. For you and me, if we got too close, the consequences could be much worse (smoke inhalation or even burns).

Next time you’re performing noble and heroic acts like saving a princess or just at work around open flames, remember to keep your head up and stay safe.

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