Useful Information That Will Keep Your Children Safe This Halloween!
Children love Halloween; they get to dress up and eat candy, what else could a child ask for in a holiday?! Although its fun, all of the added excitement can cause a child to forget about safety. Here are a few important pieces of information to keep in mind this Halloween season:
Motorists need to be particularly alert! Masks may impair a child’s ability to see traffic, so be mindful of children who may dart from between parked cars or who are walking on roadways. At twilight and later in the evening, watch out for children in dark clothing.
Back to school season usually means lots of preparations are in store. In the midst of school shopping, lunch packing, and course planning, how much have you thought about your child’s safety?
Here’s Valley Alarm’s Five Safety Tips:
Walk the route to school with students before the start of the school year to assess hazards and select a course with the least number of traffic crossings. They should teach and model the safety behaviors that all children should follow, even if they don’t walk to school every day.
Teach your child never to talk to strangers or accept rides or gifts from strangers. Remember, a stranger is anyone you or your child don’t know well or don’t even trust.
Children under the age of 5-years-old account for 52 percent of all child fire deaths according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Each year, approximately 488 children ages 14 and under die in residential fires, but what some fail to realize is that burns don’t just come from fires. Unattended cookware on the stove, curling irons, bathwater, etc. can cause an equal amount of damage if handled improperly. Water heaters should be set no higher than 110 degrees Fahrenheit. Here are some things to remember: (more…)
Many people think that security systems are meant to deter burglars from breaking into homes and businesses when people aren’t there. That’s true. But perhaps more importantly, a well-designed system will help protect occupants when they are on the premises. One of the best examples of this kind of protection is with kids who are sometimes left home alone—so-called “latchkey kids.”
Imagine for a moment that your son or daughter has just arrived home from school before you get home from work. Suddenly, a stranger leaps from his hiding place in the bushes and orders your child to disarm the security system. (more…)