Child Safety Teaching Resources
Main contact information should ideally be memorized (such as parents' phone numbers) but other family members' contacts like grandparents, aunts, and uncles in the immediate area can be noted on this emergency contact list. In addition to family contacts, also include the phone numbers of local paramedics, fire departments, police stations, family doctors, and close friends to be extra prepared. It is recommended to have emergency numbers easily accessible in various places throughout your home.
Kids who are allergic to cats for example, should ideally stay away from them or take allergy medications as needed if they are going to go over to a friend's house with a cat. Teach young ones about food allergies -- what it means to have one and how to stay safe from it. With time and hopefully not too much experimentation, your children will eventually become familiar with what is and isn't good for their well-being.
Every household should have an emergency contact list, neatly written out or printed and stowed away somewhere central. This way, if a disaster strikes, family members can easily refer to it and contact others if needed. Let your children know where they can ﬁnd this list and how to use it in the event that they need to.
• Every safety worker uses some sort of prop or tool. A great way to expand the Guess Who? activity is to play a matching game in which children match the tool to the worker. For example, show children a real fire hat and ask, "Who uses this?" Include less traditional workers and their tools, such as a janitor and a broom.
The Learning Collaborative will focus on five topic areas: Bullying Prevention, Motor Vehicle Traffic Safety (includes child passenger safety and teen driver/passenger safety), Poisoning Prevention (includes the prevention of prescription medication misuse/abuse), Sudden Unexpected Infant Death (SUID) Prevention, and Suicide and Self-Harm Prevention.
• Once the classroom is neat after the Time to Tidy-Up activity, it's time to take the tidying outside. Invite children to discuss the special dangers of trash left in play areas. What could happen if something is left at the bottom of the slide? Ask children to create special trash bags for the playground and have a tidy-up time before each play session.
Children under six years of age should always be monitored by a guardian when in a pool or bathtub, because they can drown in just a few inches of water. Teach your children to "test the waters" to make sure that it isn't too hot before they submerge their bodies into it and potentially burn themselves. Remind them that they should never mix electricity with water to avoid electrocution.
Take the time to look at ways to expand an activity with variations on fun and learning. When you expand children's experience with an activity, you ask them to take their knowledge and understanding from one situation and apply it to a new one, which deepens their understanding. In addition, you are helping children see how to use this information in a meaningful way.