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Expecting the Unexpected: Six Safety Tips to Teach Kids

The world is an unpredictable place and there are times when accidents will happen regardless of what anyone does to protect themselves. But there are many more instances when following simple safety tips and preventative measures will stop bad things from happening. Here are a few tips that everyone should teach their kids to make sure they can stay safe. Make sure they feel independent and capable of doing these on their own.

Stay In Contact

The best way to help keep kids stay safe is to have them be able to call for help. If your children have cell phones, make sure they keep your own phone number saved so they can call it quickly. They should also learn when and how to contact emergency services in case the worst does happen.

Understand Security Systems

The human element is the weakest part of any security system. A child that doesn’t understand the system can easily allow someone to bypass it by accident. If your home has a security system, make sure they understand how it works and know that they should not share passwords or other information about the system. ADT comparison shopping can help you narrow down which system might be best for your kids’ ages and personalities.

Respect Fences

Adventurous kids naturally climb over fences and other boundaries when they see something they want to explore, or when they want to recover a lost ball. Make sure they understand that fences exist for a reason, and tell them to ask for help instead of going around them. Even if they make it over the fence without hurting themselves, they still risk exposure to dangerous things that were fenced off to protect the public.

Don’t Wander When Lost

When children get lost, the best thing for them to do is to stay put until someone can find them. Teach them to call for help and then wait for a rescue instead of wandering around, which will only slow down the search. This goes for hiking as well as simple grocery shopping trips.

Avoid Eating Medicine

Too many children poison themselves by mistaking medications for candy. Teach them to ask for permission before tasting anything, and emphasize the importance of informing adults when they see medicine outside the medicine cabinet.

Trust Their Instincts

If something feels dangerous to a child, it probably is. Teach them to trust their instincts and avoid people or situations than feel wrong. There are times when their instincts are mistaken, but those are relatively rare, and it’s better to avoid something safe than to be pressured into taking a major risk.

It is impossible to stay perfectly safe, but risk reduction is easy and effective. Every parent should keep that in mind and make sure every child learns a few tricks to cut down on risk. Keeping these tips in mind will build good habits that can make any child much safer.

 

Tim Esterdahl

Tim Esterdahl is the editor of IFCS blog. He is a married father of three and enjoys golf in his spare time.
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