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Five Important Tips to Keep Your Family Safe

By , January 23rd, 2014 | Parenting, Safety | 0 Comments

1. Post important personal and contact information in a central place in your home.

  • The list should include parents’ names, street address, cell, home and work phone numbers, 911, poison control, fire department, police department and helpful neighbors, friends and/or relatives. Be sure to also include doctor’s names and any known allergies or illnesses.

2. Teach your child how and when to call 911.

  • Discuss specifics of what an emergency is and when to call 911.
  • Make sure kids know what information to give to the 911 operator.
  • For younger kids, discuss the different roles of emergency workers and what they do.

3. Talk about “stranger danger.”

  • Have a talk with your kids about who is allowed to pick them up from school or activities.
  • Discuss the importance of walking in pairs.
  • Be sure they always take the same route home from school and do not take short cuts.

4.  Practice street safety.

  • Have children practice looking both ways before crossing into the street, show them how to use the crosswalk and obey the walk/don’t walk signals.
  • Teach kids what road signs mean, such as a yield sign.
  • Remind children about the importance of wearing a helmet with bike riding.

5. Talk to your children about fire safety.

  • Have a family meeting and plan and practice escape routes in your home. Be sure to designate a meeting spot in case you get separated.

For more safety tips, visit these resources:
www.safekids.org
www.ready.gov
www.renown.org/saveyourskull

 

 

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