Children Safe Outside the Home
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
Always Use a Car Seat
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.
Teach Your Child "Stranger Danger"
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
Teach Your Child Safe Street Crossing
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 crosswalks.
Supervise Your Child at the Park
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 tips.
Please be aware that
the articles on this site are written by
mothers who are discussing their own
experiences and their own opinions. They do
not, and are not meant to, represent
professional advice and should be read with
that point firmly in mind. 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
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