As my children grow I realize more and more the importance of safety. It has to be a parent’s top priority. There are safety tips to teach children, but what about safety for older children and even families? As a new season approaches it’s time to think about Fall Safety. It’s back to school season and beyond, “Don’t Talk to Strangers” there are things every home should do to stay safe.
1.) Use the Buddy System:
Walk in groups or with a trusted adult. Predators often find those who are alone. The buddy system may stop an attack.
2) Always walk against traffic
I walk with my children to and from school. Our roads are congested with construction and littered with construction barrels making it difficult for cars and pedestrians to see one another. When walking along a road without a sidewalk, we walk against the flow of traffic, giving us the ability to spot oncoming traffic and move out of the way.
3.) Don’t rely on the Cross Walk
Just because the sign blinks green, signaling it’s okay to cross the street, drivers may not be paying attention. Look both ways before crossing the street. Use established crosswalks wherever possible.
3) Keep doors locked when parents aren’t home
We actually keep our front door locked at all times. It is a good reminder to our children that they need to ask who is on the other side before opening the door.
4.) Lock the Gate
This is something we overlooked for the longest time. Then one day while I was in the back gardening I happened to look up to see a strange man standing in my yard. It was frightening. He was looking for work, he said. It made me realize if I was frightened at this incident what else might happen and what if my children had been the only ones back there? It was too much to think about so we put Master Lock‘s on the gate. Our children don’t know the combination forcing them to have to come through the house to let us know where they are, and preventing strangers from entering.
5.) Clean out your heat source
As the weather turns colder we’re gearing up to build fires in the fireplace or woodstove as a means of heating our home. Fall is a great time to have your chimney inspected and cleaned. Remove clutter that may have accumulated near the fireplace or stove.
6.) Prepare for the Worst
Take a moment to test all smoke alarms in the home. It’s best to place an alarm on each floor to give advance warning. Plan a family fire drill so all members of the family know what to do in the event of a fire.
7.) Clean out the Dryer Vents
Fires can start from lint collected in dryer vents, clean them out regularly, along with cleaning the filter after each load.
8.) Put it away
Take a look around your yard and put away items that are not used in the cooler months.
Fall is my favorite season and it’s a great time to get everything in order to rest during the winter months as we prepare for better weather. Remember safety isn’t just for the children and the lessons go beyond “Don’t Talk to Strangers”.
What Fall Safety Tips do you practice?