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Ten safety measures you can teach your kids early

by Jillian CariolaPublished: October 30, 2017Updated: October 30, 2017

It’s never too early to teach children about staying safe at home.

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Emergencies can happen anywhere, and they can occur in various ways from criminal acts to accidents. What’s scary is the thought that they could take place right at home, while a scenario even more frightening is if they did occur while your children are in the house or while you’re not there to help them.

Because of this very real possibility, it’s necessary that parents or any adult teach children how to stay safe, as well as how to react to anything that might put their home safety at risk.

 

Lock up

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Kid and adult holding doorknob. Photo via Depositphotos

Show your children the proper way of closing and locking up all the doors and windows of the house. Teach them to make a habit of checking if every door and window is secure before they go to bed or leave the house, including those in the bathroom and the attic. Also, tell your kids to inform you if they see any ripped window or door screens, broken locks or hinges, or missing window panes that need replacing.

Turn on the light

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Girl turning on off light. Photo via Depositphotos

If you think your child is old enough to be left at home alone, coach them about turning lights on as night falls if you will be out of the house until late. Switching on the porch light or gate lamps is one of the best ways to let would-be robbers know that someone is home so they will think twice about trying to break in. You can also leave a note where they will find it easily, or have them put a reminder in their phone so they eventually fit it into their routine.

Stay alert over the phone

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Girl using telephone. Photo via Depositphotos

Criminals can and will take advantage of children’s honesty and will pretend to be someone you know just to get information out of them. Warn your kids against opening the door whenever someone knocks, even if the person trying to get in claims to be the police or a friend of yours. Also, instruct them to avoid giving personal detail to anyone who calls over the phone, and especially not to tell the person on the phone that they are home alone even if they are.

Call for help

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Landline and phonebook with emergency numbers. Photo via Depositphotos

Create a list of emergency telephone numbers and tack them onto the refrigerator, a memo board, or anywhere they can be easily reached. This list should include the police, the fire department, the hospital, ambulance services, your workplace, and your next-door neighbor. Be sure to tell them which number to call for every type of emergency, and make them understand that these numbers are for emergencies only and should not be called otherwise.

Be safe online

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Kid and adult using laptop. Photo via Depositphotos

If your children are old enough to use the computer and the Internet, tell them about the dangers of chatting with strangers online and giving away important information about themselves, such as their home address and phone number. If they have social media accounts, they should also be taught to be careful about what they share online. They may think their posts are harmless, but photos of themselves with visible signs of your address, or comments like “Home alone with nothing to do,” will be noticed by people who might be online for whatever nefarious purpose.

Role play

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Boy under table. Photo via Depositphotos

Engage your kids in role-playing to test their know-how. Enact a scenario where they would need to “call the police” (make sure that the phone is unplugged), and see if they know how to do it correctly. Drills like this will also be helpful when teaching them about earthquake preparedness (duck, cover, and hold) and fire safety (stop, drop, and roll). If your home has a fire exit or any alternative means of escape, show them where they are and teach them to use it in the event that a stranger gets into the house or in case of an accidental fire.

Clean up

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Boy with toys on floor. Photo via Depositphotos

Putting away their own toys is an effective way of teaching kids about the importance of tidiness and being organized. But aside from that, you’re also instructing them on the dangers of leaving out their toys, which people can step on or trip over.

Avoid sharp objects

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Boy with scissors. Photo via Depositphotos

Now that they are most likely being taught at school to use scissors, it would be advisable to constantly remind them never to run with them. Be sure to also tell them they are never to handle knives unless an adult is around to assist them. Moreover, if your kids tend to run around when playing, you’ve probably more than once warned them against knocking over your vases or glass tabletops. Forget about these decorative pieces being expensive or hard to replace; the real tragedy would come from your kids accidentally breaking them and cutting themselves on the shards of glass before you have the chance to clean them up.

Put bikes away

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Boys riding bikes outside. Photo via Depositphotos

Is your kid now at the age wherein he or she is racing with friends through the community on a really nice bike? When they get home, tell them to always secure their bike with a lock onto your fence or just bring it directly inside your closed garage. In fact, anytime they take their toys outside to play with, teach them to bring them back in to avoid theft.

Learn the buddy system

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Two boys going down stairs. Photo via Depositphotos

The buddy system is the precautionary practice of always traveling with at least one other person. There is safety in numbers, so don’t let your child go out alone even if they just want candy from the neighborhood’s sari-sari store a few blocks away. Worst-case scenario is they will be taken, but they can just as easily get lost if they go out at night, or hurt themselves and be unable to call for help.

 

Coaching children on what to do in a crisis while they are still young will help them develop the frame of mind needed to be able to respond well to such an occurrence. This practice is also sure to remain with them as they get older, so don’t hesitate to tell them about the dangers that can happen and what they can do about them.

 

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