Your own home safety week will be an opportunity to have great family fun. Monday through Friday gives you a chance to use a lesson from each chapter as a daily theme. Select lesson pages from each chapter that are the most relevant to your child’s age, ability and lifestyle.
A sample week might include:
Print out the “No” labels and apply them to things around the house like chemicals under the sink or in the garage. Medications, sharp items, hot surfaces or anything else that should not be touched or approached can be labeled. If your children are old enough, have them find the hazards to label. Tip: To safely remove the labels, print on paper, cut out and use adhesive tape to apply. Sheets of labels may be permanent!
Home Safety Day is a great time to make a report card about how safe your home is. Remember, home is where the hazards are! As well as checking the house, check the environment. Use the home safety guides from the National Safety Council to evaluate and grade your home. Check fire extinguishers, smoke detectors, sprinklers, locks on doors, etc. Get down on your hands and knees to see the world from your child’s point of view to see hazards you may not notice.
For Fire Safety Day, inspect your smoke detectors and change batteries. Check the indicator on your fire extinguishers to make sure they have adequate charge. Learn about Snuff and Sniff and what they do. Teach them what the “ABC” rating means. Discuss and draw out an escape plan from your home, etc. Practice the Fire Safety Rhymes. Explain how sprinklers work.
On Water Safety Day, take a tour of your water hazards — spa, bathtubs, cleaning tubs, troughs, wells, streams, sewers, showers, sinks, gutters, pools, etc. Place “No” stickers and talk about Float the Life Preserver. Practice the Water Safety Rhymes. Talk about hot water and how it can burn.
When you’re at home, have a family meeting to talk about what to do if you get separated while out in the community. When you’re in public with your children, practice the “Lost? Look” action plan by having them look around a public place and point out the safe people they might talk to. Ask them what they would say to that person. Practice your phone number.