The 5 Commandments Of Family Safety Techniques That Work

The 5 Commandments Of Family Safety Techniques That Work



Parking SignSafety should be a top priority for all families. Unfortunately, many parents don’t address this topic until an incident occurs, at which point the damage has already been done. Investing the time and energy into talking with your kids about safety now, however, can make a world of difference in the long run.


#1) Emergency Contact Information


Create a index card with the phone numbers of your family members, local hospitals, family physicians, veterinarians (pets are family members, too), and the poison control center, and place it on the refrigerator. Parents should explain the importance of this index card to their children, instructing them on who to call in the event of an emergency. Children will have a much easier time getting help if the phone numbers are presented in this fashion.


#2) Create a Medical Emergency Kit


Do you have a medical emergency kit prepared in your home? If not, you should. Hopefully it will never happen, but if a family member is ever injured, having the right supplies on hand will prove useful in treating their condition. A proper medical emergency kit should contain a variety pack of bandages, gauze, tweezers, rubbing alcohol, cotton balls, OTC painkillers, aspirin,



#3) Have a Fire Escape Plan

According to the National Fire Safety Association (NFSA), there were approximately 369,500 residential house fires in 2013, costing nearly $7 billion in property damages. Families can protect themselves from the dangers posed by a house fire by creating a fire escape plan. If the front door is obstructed, for instance, family members should consider using a window. And if the first-floor windows are engulfed in flames, perhaps tossing an emergency ladder out the second-story window.


#4) Know Your Security System


Assuming your home is protected with a security system (which it should be!), teach your family members how to use it. Let’s face it, most children rarely, if ever, touch the security system. When the family comes home from an outing, it’s usually the mother or father who disarms it. But children should know how to activate, disarm, and perform other functions on the home’s security system as well.


#5) Storm Safety


Another element of family safety involves what to do in the event of bad weather. Whether you live on the east coast, west coast or somewhere in between, you’ll probably experience a bad storm at least during the course of a year. Ideally, family members should seek shelter in a basement. If there’s no basement in your home, an interior room with no windows or the tub in a bathroom should suffice.


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