Holiday safety tips for kids

08 Apr, 2022 - 00:04 0 Views
Holiday safety tips for kids

eBusiness Weekly

Many children will be enjoying a fun-filled break at home for the Easter holidays. However, with parents working during the break, kids need to be kept indoors and supervised to avoid any emergency situations.

Here are some school holiday safety tips by Blue Security that may come in handy:

1. Make sure your children are in a safe, controlled environment while you’re at work, such as an after-care facility, a reputable holiday club, or in the care of a responsible caregiver or family member.

2. Teach your teenagers how to operate your alarm system. When you test your alarm, let them press the panic button to familiarise themselves with the process, so they will know exactly what to do in an emergency.

3. Make sure your kids keep all the doors locked, and easily accessible windows closed if they’re going to be home alone. Always instruct them to not allow anyone to enter the property without permission from you.

4. Child-proof your home, especially for toddlers and younger kids that may get bored and go digging through the cupboards.

Make sure that all dangerous substances and hazardous items, medicines and cleaning agents are out of reach, and that all electrical wiring is safely covered.

5. Ensure swimming pools are sealed off, especially if you have toddlers, with a SABS-approved safety fence and safety net.

If you have older children that are skilled at swimming, make sure they understand the safety concerns and lay down ground rules. Caregivers or family members should always keep a close eye on any swimming children.

6. Save important emergency contact numbers on your kids’ phones. Also keep a printed list of these numbers close, like on your fridge or next to the landline, including those of your local SAPS station and your neighbours.

7. Teach your children to memorize their details. Holidays are a great time for some fun excursions or trips to the beach, but should your child get lost they need to be able to provide someone with enough information to find you.

Help them to memorise their name and surname, home address and contact details for either parent.

8. Write your name and phone number with a permanent marker on your child’s arm if you are out and about with the family where there may be big crowds and your children could get lost or lose sight of you will make it a lot easier, if they go missing, for someone to contact you immediately.

This is especially useful for toddlers who are too young to remember your contact details.— IOL

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