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.