As your child grows up and becomes more independent it is important to have steps in place to make sure they are safe.
Inside of the home
A surprisingly high number of children’s accidents happen in the home and an accident can only take a matter of seconds, so be aware of potential hazards. Ensure that:
- Flat screen TVs are fixed securely to the wall
- Hair straighteners are unplugged
- Matches and lighters are out of reach or locked away
- Hot drinks are kept away from your children. A hot drink can still scald 20 minutes after it’s been made
Outside of the home
A younger child may rarely be on their own outside of the home but as they grow more independent it is important to remember some rules about keeping safe.
- Make sure your child is aware of the dangers of roads and railways
- Ensure that they know how to cross the road safely
- If they are out on their bike make sure they know how to cycle correctly and safely, obeying the laws of the road.
- When cycling they should always wear a helmet
- Make sure you know where they are and who they are with at all times. Make sure you have a contact number.
- Teach your child about stranger danger. Teach them to run, yell and tell if they are approached by a stranger.