As kids grow out of lap start crawling and subsequently walking, we take a number of safety measures. That keeps that away from foreseen harms. With time and growing demands for parenting, we can’t be ever-present 24*7 hovering around them. Also, kids would be growing independent and need our trust in them. Plus, at least now parents and caregivers can dream of a moment of peace. Guess then for little grown children we should teach few home safety rules for all the right reasons.
It is quite debatable on when, or what age should we teach children about home safety. But an early start can’t hurt a soul.
Why teach home safety rules?
Though we consider home is a safe haven for our kids. Creepy but can our kids be safe with potential dangers left unchecked. We should not ignore the accidents and injuries that might happen because of unawareness, right at home.
Let the child know do and don’t when he/she away from parent’s sight or are home alone.
Home safety rules to teach children
Memorize important contact numbers and addresses.
It is not unthinkable that a child wanders around the park or malls and security discovers him/her. It is difficult to keep an eye on a child while he/she curiously chases a butterfly or follows a toy car. P.S. It doesn’t make you a bad parent. Be the champion and help the child memorize at least one phone number and home address along with the parent’s name.
Never open the door for strangers and know the security system
If you have one energetic tiny human who jumps to open the door at every doorbell, first hugs. Teach the child to use the peeping hole, or ask whos there, or check the security camera system before opening the door. Let the child understand every person who comes with a parcel in hand is not Santa. Duh.
Be aware of your food allergies
In case the child has any food allergies, let him/her be aware of it. Educate the child about foods to avoid, how to read labels before opening a pack, and shelves to avoid (in case the said food is at home and marked as no-entry territory). Also, let them be aware of mixing other’s used utensils and contaminating food.
No one is allowed to touch you
Predators can be anyone, anywhere. Even at home. Teach the child about private parts, the absolutely-no areas to touch, the danger signals if they feel violated and whom to talk. As a parent, one should work on the topic early. Any adult who asks to keep secret between them is dangerous and the child should be comfortable to talk about it to parents. Let the child know that you are there and feel safe with you.
Who to contact in case of emergencies?
What if the child is home alone or the adult in the house is unconscious and there is a potential danger? The child should be able to call 100 for help. Even connect with a trustful neighbor and family doctors for emergency situations.
What to do in case of emergencies – exit plan or hiding plan
In case of forced entry when the child is alone after asking for help what to do? Of course, our children are not the protagonist of the Home Alone series. Prepare the child with hiding points and emergency exit points. In case of fire or earthquake, have the children memorize the safety exit drill, stairs to take, lifts to avoid and gathering point in the vicinity.
What to avoid?
It is not always an intruder that hurts, the curious minds also invite troubles. Curiosity is appreciated but within safety limits. The children should be mindful of the fire and latent dangers of electricity. Basic understanding should be there, like not using hair dryers near water. Not to play with bathtubs and water.
Understand fire alarm or earthquake alert systems, if any.
Every building in the country, the world might not have this alert system but most modern smart homes do install these devices to check smoke. Few government systems do alert citizens in the wake of cyclones or earthquakes. Children should know the siren calls and interpret the danger, hence acting accordingly.
We can’t put technology completely out of children’s life so introducing them with safety measures would turn handy. Sharing personal information or passwords online should be a NO-NO. Online presence under parent’s supervision is very important.
Awareness, practicing safety measures are life-saving and must be practiced well. What are your thoughts on these home safety rules?