You think you know pressure and stress. Then you have a child. Suddenly, your mind can't stop torturing you with all the ways your child could get hurt.
No parent can prepare for everything, so give yourself a break. However, there are several precautions you can take to help your family stay safe in almost any situation.
To put your mind at ease, follow these important family safety tips.
[b]Family Safety Tips for Every Parent [/b]
There are safety tips for any situation, from your kids being home alone to enjoying a day at the pool. These important tips are a start.
[b]Helmets, Helmets, and More Helmets [/b]
The older your kids get, the less control you may have over their day-to-day actions. The best way to keep your kids safe today and for years to come is to make safety a habit for them.
Starting today, have your kids wear a helmet every time they're doing certain activities or playing specific sports. This includes any time they're riding a bike, skateboarding, riding an all-terrain vehicle, using a scooter, and more.
The key is to make helmets an automatic part of these activities. It should become a reflex, just like your reflex to check for your phone every time you leave the house.
Remember that kids grow every day, so check often to make sure their [url=https://www.womansday.com/health-fitness/how-to/a1436/how-to-properly-fit-a-bicycle-helmet-105284/]helmet fits[/url] well. It shouldn't wobble side-to-side and you should be able to fit one or two fingers between the strap and your child's chin.
[b]Have a 911 Crash Course [/b]
No matter what you do, you can't guarantee that you'll always be around if an emergency happens. Teaching your kids how to call 911 will empower them to get help wherever they are.
It's crucial to teach your kids when it is and isn't appropriate to call 911. Go through many scenarios and how they should respond. In this era of cell phones, teach your kids how to call 911 on a locked phone too.
When your kids get older, it's also a good idea to enroll them in CPR lessons and teach them the Heimlich maneuver. This is especially vital if they're babysitting your other kids.
[b]Stop the Sliders[/b]
Sliding doors are among the most common ways intruders break into homes. Securing them is simpler than you think.
On top of making sure the lock is always working, get a board or other type of block. It should fit inside the sliding track behind your closed sliding door. This helps to prevent intruders from forcing the door open.
[b]Take Precautions During Outings[/b]
Family outings are the perfect way to build happy memories with your kids. They have their dangers too, but there are ways to keep the risks to a minimum.
When you go to a crowded place like an amusement park, mall, or festival, there's always a chance that your kids will wander off. When you arrive, establish a "meeting spot" like the ticket booth or a specific ride. Tell your kids that if they lose you, they should go to that spot.
For young kids, it's also a good idea to write your phone number on their arm where it won't wash off. If they get lost, a security guard or staff member can call you.
[b]Multiply Your Eyes [/b]
As much as you may want to, you can't be in all places at all times. This is why security cameras come in handy.
Install a residential or [url=https://www.customwifispycameras.com/blog/looking-for-a-business-spy-camera-10-types-of-cameras-you-can-use/]business spy camera[/url] system in specific parts of your home. A camera in the hallway tells you when your kids enter and leave the house. If there are rooms your kids aren't allowed to enter, like areas with dangerous machinery, cameras will help in these rooms too.
You can use cameras to keep your family safe from intruders as well. For instance, install a camera near your front door so you can see anyone who approaches your home.
[b]Have a Code Word [/b]
One of the worst-case scenarios in every parent's mind is for their kids to be kidnapped. Sadly, predators use a variety of tactics to kidnap children. A common tactic is to tell a child, "Your parents asked me to pick you up today."
To protect your kids, establish a code word. If someone besides you comes to pick up your child, your child should ask them what the code word is. If they can't provide it, your child will know that you didn't ask the person to pick them up.
[b]Lock It Up [/b]
There are chemicals and items in every home that are dangerous if your child eats or drinks them. Some even look like candy or juice, and kids can make devastating mistakes.
Take a close look around your home and identify all the poison risks. This includes cleaning products, medications, automotive fluids, and more.
Don't rely on skulls and crossbones on labels. If you aren't sure about an item, look it up online to see if it's dangerous.
Store all of these items in locked cabinets that are out of reach for your kids. It's also important to keep all of these items in their original containers. The labels can provide important information a doctor may need if your child does ingest it.
[b]Have an Escape Plan [/b]
As safe as you want your home to be, some things are beyond your control. Teach your kids about scenarios like fires or home invasions in which the best thing for them to do is to get out of the house.
Talk through these scenarios and have an escape plan your kids will know. For instance, have a fire ladder upstairs if you have multiple stories. Teach your kids how to use it and how to run to a trusted neighbor for help.
[b]Safety First [/b]
As a parent, it's easy to get overwhelmed with trying to give your kids everything they could want. You want them to be polite and happy while also learning life skills along the way.
Among all these responsibilities, family safety is your top priority. The tips above can help you give your family the safe, joyful life they should have and the peace of mind you deserve.
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