How to Teach Safety Procedures for Kids

Your kids love life. They are so busy laughing, living and enjoying their youth, they may not remember lots of different safety rules. You can help your kids by making two or three non-negotiable rules about each situation and discussing them with the kids regularly so they remember them when the need arises.

Playground Fun

Packing everyone into the car for a fun-filled afternoon at the neighborhood playground can be a lot of fun, as long as your kids stay safe. Safety procedures for kids should involve equipment safety and behavior. According to KidsHealth, your children need to know that rough housing and shoving others on playground equipment is never appropriate. In addition, proper use of equipment is important. This means going down slides feet first, sitting properly in the swings and avoiding playground equipment that is still wet/slippery from recent rains.

Toys and Safety

The National Association for the Education of Young Children believes that safety is an important first consideration when choosing toys for your children. Each selection should be age appropriate. In addition, toys for your very young children should not contain sharp parts or parts that can pinch or cut skin. Lead-free paint is vital for a safe toy. Make sure any toy involving electricity has a UL approved label attached to the cord. Wear and tear of even the safest toys can make them unsafe, according to NAEYC. Check your children’s toys regularly for sturdiness and the absence of loose parts. The Consumer Product Safety Commission has a page on its website where you can see a list of recently recalled toys due to potential safety hazards.

Pools and Children

The sound of your children laughing with delight as they splash around in the pool can warm your heart. Pools provide the opportunity for family fun as long as everyone stays safe by following a few basic safety rules. Take all pool toys out of the pool when the fun is done so your kids won’t be tempted to reach in to grab one and possibly fall into the water. While in the water, your kids need to keep their safety gear on if they are not yet strong swimmers, but you cannot trust those to babysit for you.

Your kids should never be in a pool unsupervised for any reason. A fence around all four sides of the pool will significantly reduce the chance of your kids getting hurt or drowning because they cannot access it without adult supervision. The gates should have self-closing latches on them, placed higher than your children can reach.

People Safety

The National Crime Council recommends teaching your children to tell you anytime someone asks them to disobey your rules. Teaching your kids that adults should never ask them for help can go a long way in keeping them safe. If an adult does ask your children to help, they need to tell you or another trusted adult right away. Examples of adults acting inappropriately include a neighbor asking your child into his house without your permission, a stranger asking your child to help find a puppy, someone your children barely know asking them to walk with them or go with them somewhere.

Make safety discussions a regular part of family life. Sit down with the kids once a month to discuss various scenarios and ask your children what to do. This way, if something happens, they will remember quickly how to respond, which is to run away and immediately tell you or another trusted adult what happened.

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