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What's more susceptible to broken glass, feet or paws?

Asked by MyNewtBoobs (19026points) September 6th, 2010

Who do you have to worry about more when a light bulb breaks, your pet or your child?

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rebbel's avatar

Undoubtably one is more then the other, but the wisest thing is of course, when anything that is sharp falls, to vacuum it as soon as possible.
That is at least what i do, i don’t want my kitty or my girlfriend to hurt their paws.

MyNewtBoobs's avatar

@rebbel I’ve cleaned all of it up now (I think, I hope, I pray) but it did get me wondering.

SeahorseisYay's avatar

Well, a pet basically walks around barefoot for his/her whole life, so it’s paws are very well padded. A child wears shoes, so the sole of his/her foot becomes soft. Either way they both could get hurt, so be sure to clean it up quickly.

15acrabm's avatar

it depends on how much calus there is on the feet, really. but probably feet

rebbel's avatar

Ah, bravo, @papayalily.
Let’s see if there is anybody who can answer your good question!

ibstubro's avatar

I would have to say feet.

There is greater surface area.
Feet have had less exposure to foreign objects.
Feet generally carry more weight…even if your dog and your child weight the same, your child is carrying all it’s weight on 2 feet versus your dog’s 4.

Good that you got it cleaned up!

Frenchfry's avatar

I first make sure the child is safe, grab her first, and throw the dog outside while I am cleaning it up then ALL is safe. I hate when that happens It was not one of those energy effiencient one that’s a swirly was it?

MyNewtBoobs's avatar

@Frenchfry It was, and the entire lamp as well. It was a ceiling lamp made of glass.

KTWBE's avatar

Feet are generally more susceptible to broken glass than paws, although it’s always wise to keep both child and pet away from any mess. Animal paws have thicker, hardier pads whereas human skin is much more tender and easier to pierce.

YARNLADY's avatar

Children are prone to picking up items they see and putting them in their mouth, plus their skin is much more sensitive to cuts.

What we do is take a roll of contact paper and unroll a piece as big as the possible spill area, then lay it sticky side down, step on it. Then pull it up with any extra pieces of glass stuck to it.

If the area is a smooth surface, such as tile or linoleum, we carefully go over the entire surface with wet paper towels, working on our hands and knees until we are convinced the area is clear.

lillycoyote's avatar

Well, neither human children nor cats and dogs evolved feet or paws to protect them from broken glass. Sweeping and vacuuming it up as soon as possible seems to be the right course of action, then your don’t have to worry about either the kids or the pets.

ibstubro's avatar

@lillycoyote I’m not to sure that cats have not evolved enough to protect them from broken glass. Light weight with furred individual pads. I can’t imagine a piece of glass being a problem.

phil196662's avatar

Paw’s! Vacuum…

lillycoyote's avatar

@ibstubro To be honest, I’m not really sure either, it sounded like a good argument at the time, though.:-) Anyway, I don’t have kids, I’ve always had cats and I’ve certainly always had my own feet so I am going to stick with my “the sooner you clean up broken glass, the better it is for everyone” position. No need to work out a triage regarding kids vs. pets if you simply get the stuff up off the floor ASAP, in my opinion.

MyNewtBoobs's avatar

@lillycoyote Um, did you just reply to yourself? Silly goose..

lillycoyote's avatar

@papayalily Yes, apparently I did. I am going to fix that right now. Not the first time I’ve done that, but I appreciate the heads up sweetie!

Frenchfry's avatar

@papayalily Well if it’s the energy efficient light bulb you have to be more careful because it has mercury in it. When broken excitess the mercury and causes a gas. They say everyone leaves the room for 10 to 15 minutes. here

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