As the adult in the family, it’s up to you to ensure the safety of your children. Protecting kids comes naturally to most parents, but some could use a bit of a refresher course in child safety. To that end, here are some super helpful tactics that you can utilise to protect your family no matter where you go or when.
Keeping your kids safe at home
Safe Kids Worldwide reports that in excess of 3 million children are injured in at-home accidents every year. That’s a staggering number to be sure, especially when you understand the fact that many of those tragic and injurious accidents could have easily been prevented.
Setting the household water heater to 120 degrees Fahrenheit / 48.8 degrees Celsius can significantly reduce the risk of your child being scalded in the bathtub. Window guards or stops that prevent windows from being opened more than a couple of inches go a long way toward precluding falling accidents. Wall-mounted safety gates installed at either end of a staircase contribute mightily to at-home childhood safety, says Parents magazine.
Keep your family safe whilst traveling
Families travel by car more than any other mode of transportation. For this reason, it is imperative that all parents and kids understand the following automotive safety concepts:
1. Always wear a seatbelt. Each occupant of your Jeep Cherokee or other vehicle should use both lap and shoulder belts whenever possible. Get into the good habit of waiting to start the engine until after everyone’s secured in place with a well-fitting restraint.
2. Kids ride in the backseat. Children under the age of 12 should always ride in back. Why? Because typical front seat air bags are designed for adults and can cause serious injury to a small body.
3. Keep it cool. Children (and adults, too) can feel very excited when embarking on a road trip. Nonetheless, it’s important that passengers remain calm, so the driver can pay attention to traffic and road conditions.
4. Remember the rules in every car. Before your kids get into someone else’s vehicle, make sure they understand that the above safety concepts apply even when their own parent is not behind the wheel.
Protecting your kids in the modern world
The 21st century comes with a range of dangers that did not even exist a few short decades ago. The internet is a great ‘place’ to do research and learn things, but it can be emotionally perilous to young kids and adolescents. Allow your child access to the internet only from a home computer that has parental filters in place. If your kid uses a smart phone, install an app that allows you to monitor calls and chats, and be sure your child knows that it is installed. This is generally enough to keep a good kid away from unsavory conversations. Safewise says that wearable GPS locators can help you to keep track of your child’s whereabouts in a fun way.
Your kids trust you to watch out for them, even when they are too young to understand that certain things that may not be in their best interest. Teach good safety habits now, and your kids are sure to grow up into safety conscious adults.
Olivia Sharp has two daughters ages 7 and 10. The family have an RV and love getting away for the weekend, as well as longer vacations. Olivia writes about parenting, travel and other topics which appear online at numerous sites.