Even if you have the safest and most highly childproofed of homes, the fact remains that the outside world can be a dangerous place for young children and adults alike. Still, children often do not understand the risks of the outside world and thus cannot be expected to know how to avoid them; instead, this is one of your most important roles as a parent or guardian. Fortunately, there are some basic tips that you can keep in mind each time you leave the house with your young child so as to keep him or her as safe as possible at all times.
The importance of safety outside the home starts as soon as you get into the car. Always make sure that your child is using the right car seat for his or her age. Furthermore, ensure that the seat is properly secured and facing the correct way. If you ever have any doubt as to whether or not you have installed a car seat properly, you can usually take your car into your local police or fire department and they will be happy to check for you.
As soon as your child becomes old enough to walk, it is a good idea to teach them not to talk to strangers and to never leave anywhere with a stranger, even if the person claims to be a relative or friend. Furthermore, you may want to teach your child to scream or run in the event of an attempted abduction. While it can be depressing to have to make your child aware of some of the world's evil, it is better that they be aware and prepared in a worst-case scenario.
While you should not let your child cross the street on his or her own if possible, it is never too early to educate your child about the dangers of busy roads and cars. Make it a habit to always hold hands with your child and look both ways when you cross the street. Furthermore, set an good example by always crossing at designated crossings.
Many parents do not realize just how dangerous it can be to take one's eyes off a child for even a few seconds while at a park or public place. Always stay close with your child when at the park. If there is a play structure, be sure that it is well maintained and appears safe for your child to be playing and climbing on so as to lessen the chances of injury.
There is no way to guarantee that your child will be 100% safe outside at all times, but as you can see, there are a lot of preventative steps that you can take. And while all children will suffer a boo-boo here and there, it is possible to prevent much more serious catastrophes by following the above guidelines.
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Our children’s welfare is paramount; if you are ever in the slightest doubt about any aspect of caring for a child you are urged to seek qualified, specialist advice from a professional advisor.