When you have kids, you can’t expect them to know everything you know immediately. They have to grow up, learn to process their world, and listen to what you tell them as far as keeping themselves safe and healthy.
Six or seven years old isn’t too young to start learning about home safety. After all, if these kids live in this house with you, they’re going to be familiar with its workings. Who is better positioned to start helping out with home safety than your kids, who will likely be spending many more years here?
Without further ado, let’s learn three basic home safety tips that every child should know.
The Security Alarm
When you have a home security alarm, it will be helpful to teach every occupant of the house how to use it. That includes kids, too.
Explain to your kids that you set the alarm at night when you all go to sleep, when you go out during the day, and when you’re away on vacation. Show them how the alarm would be tripped and what happens after that.
You can also take this time to review a plan for what you would all do in the case of an alarm sounding.
Have Emergency Plans
No one ever wants to think about natural disasters or other hazardous accidents in or near their home, but that’s the thing about these kinds of events: they come on unexpectedly, and you and your family need to be ready.
Explain to your children what you would all do in the event of a flood, fire, tornado, hurricane, earthquake, or other such incident. Maybe you have a safe place in your house where you can all go. If so, practice going there with your kids so they can be prepared for the real thing if that is ever necessary.
Teach Kids to Avoid Playing with Utilities
Lastly, you can teach your children that your utilities are not there for fun, but rather can cause damage if used improperly. Water is to be run only when needed and never splashed around or left running. Electrical outlets are potentially dangerous and should not be played with, either.
Finally, children should never play with matches or anything else that makes fire, for obvious reasons.
Once your children know all these things, they will become your partners in keeping you, themselves, and your whole family safe and secure in your home. Once this is done, you’ll have greater peace of mind knowing that you are all working together toward this common goal.
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