For parents, keeping their children safe and protected is top a priority. While your home is a safe place, you can take some precautions and set some rules with your kids to make it even safer.
Here are some safety tips for kids, as well as some seasonal tips for year-round child safety at home.
Winter Safety Tips for Kids
Winter safety tips often overlap with fire safety for kids. Candles, Christmas trees, Thanksgiving cooking – all of these can lead to fires. According to the National Fire Protection Association, the top three days for home candle fires are Christmas, New Year’s Day and Christmas Eve. If you light a candle, don’t leave it unattended, and don’t allow your children to play near it or touch it.
Another risk includes playing outdoors in the cold. Your kids will love playing in the snow – just make sure they’re wearing appropriate clothing, including hats, scarves and mittens to stay warm. Winter safety tips cover a wide range of risks, including sickness. Help prevent colds by always washing your hands and teaching your kids to do the same.
Check out our Winter Safety Checklist! Share it with your kids to teach them about cold-weather child safety.
It’s inevitable that your child will be curious about fire. The best way to teach fire safety for kids is to talk to them about the dangers. Make sure to also keep lighters and matches away from small children, and always talk about fire safety. Tips for teaching fire safety for kids can be found online, along with workbooks and fun guides, like our Fire Safety Packet! Make learning about child safety fun for your kids with these fire safety tips, and they’ll be more likely to remember what to do if there’s ever an emergency.
Does your family have an escape plan in place in the event of a fire? If not, teach your kids about what to do and set a meeting point for the family, a safe distance away from the house.
As your children grow, they want to do everything you do – including cooking. Because of the many fire-related risks of cooking, it’s important to be extra careful when your kids want to help in the kitchen. Make sure they understand the dangers related to cooking and don’t play around in the kitchen.
Summer Safety Tips for Kids
Summer is full of late nights and playing outside. Make sure your kids know how to safely play outside and that they wear safety equipment like helmets when biking or skateboarding.
Swimming can be a risk to child safety, but that risk can be minimized by making sure your kids know how to swim. If you’ll be by pools or at the beach, look into taking your kids to swimming lessons.
Child Safety: Important All Year Long
You want your home to be a safe place for your kids to play and grow – and you can help make it as safe as possible for them with these tips. Safety guides, checklists and family discussions about child safety can help, too. Get the whole family involved and keep your home safe for your children, whatever the season.