No parent can constantly be watching over their children every moment of the day—especially with your older ones! It is, however, entirely possible to worry about them 24/7, so to give yourself some peace of mind (and your children a healthy dose of confidence) it’s a great idea to teach them some home safety tips.
It can be difficult to know where to start, however, so we’ve compiled this helpful list of 10 basic safety tips to pass on to your kids:
- For your younger ones, as soon as they’re old enough, they should be able to recite their complete home address and their parent’s telephone numbers. This is important if they should get lost or need to make an emergency call from inside your home.
- Every child should know what 911 means, and understand how to use the house phone and cell phones to call 9-1-1. These days, there are many different types of phones and you should teach your child how to use any you might have in case they need to reach emergency services.
- Make sure your children understand the basics and the dangers of electricity and how it works. They should develop a healthy respect for it know, and understand why, to never to use a hair dryer, radio, etc near water.
- Always keep cleaning products away from smaller children. For your older kids, teach them how to properly use them. Make sure they understand the dangers of mixing cleaning chemicals. For example bleach and ammonia– which are caustic enough on their own– produce a fatal compound if combined.
- Be certain that your children recognize the sound of your fire alarms or carbon monoxide detectors going off so they can act quickly if they do.
- Together, come up with two fire evacuation plans for each room and practice these routes with your children using the proper techniques of staying low. Even children as young as three can follow such a plan.
- If your child is old enough, and has the self-confidence and judgment skills to handle being home alone make sure they understand to never answer the door for strangers. Teach your children to recognize suspicious situations. Remind them that adults who are truly in trouble typically do NOT ask children for help.
- If home alone and answering the phone, make sure your child never tells a caller, no matter who it is, that they are alone. Teach them to simply say that you are not available and offer to take a message. Furthermore, tell your child that they’re under no obligation to answer the phone and to always check the caller ID.
- Teach your kids how to use the home security system. It is there to keep them safe and they should know the codes so they properly activate it. Make sure your kids understand to never share the details of your security system with anyone.
- Finally, teach your kids how to properly use social media, as it can play a big role in protecting your home. Make sure your children understand, for instance, to never share that they are home alone or “friend” someone that they don’t know, or hardly know.
Reviewing home safety basics with your children will likely lead to further dialogue and valuable lessons about home safety. Knowing your children are safe and your home is protected is a great feeling, so talk to your kids about staying safe today.