Summer Safety Tips for Kids

Summer Safety Tips Just for KidsHere are some summer safety tips for kids to make thier time as fun and enjoyable as possible.

Outdoor Play

Kids are usually encouraged to go outside and be active. It gives them time to play in the sun, explore the world around them and make new friends. There are, however, some areas that are not safe for children to spend time in.

Talk to your kids. Tell them that it is best to avoid certain areas, because they can be hazardous. Places such as local canals, lakes and rivers will seem like a great place to spend the day and cool off in the water, but they can also be deadly. Young children should never get into a body of water unsupervised, especially if that water is moving. Other locations such as alleys, underneath bridges and abandoned buildings may also be dangerous. Assure them that your only concern is their safety and you would never want anything bad to happen.

Most importantly, discuss with your children why they should avoid strangers. Talk to them about being polite to adults, but keeping their distance from people they do not know. Stress that they should never take any item from a stranger, and under no circumstances should they get into an unfamiliar vehicle. Let them know that if they feel frightened or threatened by someone they don’t know, they have permission to run away.

Encourage your kids to stay with a group of friends anywhere they go. A predator will be far less likely to approach several kids at once than a child who is alone, and if something does go wrong another member of the group can run away to find help. Give your children a list of important contact numbers including your direct line at work, 911 and other emergency services. Supply them with change to use a public telephone if they are not old enough to own a cell phone.

Stay Safe While At Home

During the summer young children may be home alone for a few hours while parents are working. Before this happens, make sure they know how to call you and the police in case they need help. Leave a copy of the emergency numbers list by your primary phone, and show each child exactly where it is.

Tell your children not to answer the phone if no one else is home, but if they do they should know that it is never okay to tell a stranger that they are home alone. The same holds true when someone knocks on the door. Children should not answer at all, but if they do they must never admit that no adults are present.

In case an emergency does occur, your children should be aware of every exit in the house. That way they have options in case a fire is started or someone breaks in. Show them all the ways to get out, including windows on the first floor. Let them know if you have any nearby neighbors you trust, and tell them to go to their home if something happens.

Personal Alarms

Teach your kid to avoid dangerous areas, strangers and letting anyone know they are home alone and you will help keep them safe all summer long. Having a backup plan for dire circumstances will put you more at ease and give them another option during an emergency. A personal alarm is small, lightweight and easy to use. With just the flip of a switch the security device will emit a high decibel shriek that will be heard by everyone in the vicinity. The alarm can be activated if your child is approached by a stranger, in trouble at home or hurt, lost or alone. When people hear the alarm sound they know someone is in trouble, and the police can be called immediately.

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Summer Safety Tips

Summer Safety TipsHere are some summer safety tips to make the time you spend outdoors safe and enjoyable.

Be Observant In Public

When you load the family into the car and head out to a fun filled destination, always keep in mind that criminals may be sharing your day with you. By following a few simple outdoor safety tips you can do everything possible to avoid being victimized by predators who might be watching. Law breakers are always on the lookout for an easy target, so make sure you don’t give them one.

Always lock your doors and roll up the windows when you leave your car. Car thieves regularly patrol parking lots and try door handles to see if they will open. They are hoping for an unlocked vehicle that they can get into quickly and take anything that was left inside. You should always store valuable items in the trunk, so that a criminal does not see them and become tempted to break in.

While enjoying your day, keep a close eye on your entire family … and everyone around you. Look for strangers who seem to be watching you or getting too close. They may be trying to determine if you have something they can take. Protect your loved ones and personal items carefully, and make sure no predator has a chance to steal from you.

Summer Safety At Home
All summer long people are outdoors working on projects like lawn care, hosting barbecues or relaxing by a pool. It can be easy to forget to close a door or window, but if they are left open it creates an easy opportunity for a burglar. Garage doors, in particular, are regularly used by criminals to gain access to a home during the warmer months. People go outside to do yard work and forget to close the garage door. Criminals may steal items from the garage itself, which usually contains tools and other valuable belongings, or use it as an easy way to get into your home. Once inside, the law breaker can grab an armful of things quickly, and run off without ever being noticed.

Some criminals will work together during the summer months. One will come to your door and distract you, while the other sneaks into your garage, back yard or home to take whatever they can grab. Be wary of anyone who approaches your front door and don’t let them take up too much of your time. Every year thousands of burglaries occur all over the United States. Teach your family how to guard themselves and their property and do what you can to ensure a safe and happy summer for everyone.

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