The teaching job of a parents never truly ends, no matter how old the kids might grow. But one of the primary responsibilities all parents have is to teach their children how to be and stay safe no matter where they might be. And since most children will spend most of their time at home, the lessons should start here. Kids need to be taught about the perils they could be facing inside the house, as well as what to do to prevent accidents. The younger your children are, the more patient and inventive you will need to be with your teaching. Luckily, there are all sorts of games and other fun activities that should inspire you to teach your small ones essential home safety lessons.
Go On A Safety Hunt
Plan a fun family hunt around the house. The goal is to identify the potential dangers and hazards and figure out the best ways to keep them at bay. Create fun challenges for your kids. Have them go around the house and find all the risks in each room of the house. Example of risks your children could identify on their own are:
a loose or broken lock on a door;
electrical cords lying around and being potential tripping hazards;
chairs beneath windows that could help intruders get in more easily;
red, flickering batteries on smoke detectors or home alarms;
uncovered electrical outlets;
objects lying on the stairs.
Once they complete the challenges, encourage them to think of solutions. Work together and fix these hazards or find remedies for the dangers. You can also figure out an escape route in case of a fire or a home invasion. Use a timer and encourage the kids to complete the route as fast as possible. Have fire drills or home invasion escape drills periodically and make sure everyone knows how to act.
Play The “What If” Game
This game will allow children to learn about the dangers they could be facing at home. Let them know what to do to stay safe. Pretend a possible burglar is knocking at the front door. Encourage the kids to act different scenarios about the way they should act. Let them know what the right course of action is and have them practice again. You could also practice the scenario of a broken lock on the front or back door – and the way they should handle the problem the minute they notice it. Teach your kids to immediately tell you if the front door is unlocked or the lock is not working right, provided they are old enough to use it. Hire professional residential locksmiths and ask them to assess your locks and fix or replace/re-key them. It would be more useful to have the kids watch the locksmith at work, so they can see how a lock works with their own eyes – and gain a deeper understanding on their utility.
Installing locks and safety bars on the windows and a home alarm system will further secure the property.