If you have ever taken a child to the emergency room for a home accident you can understand the motivation to create this program. Most children end up there for the same reason; They did not know any better. PreSafe now gives you the opportunity to entertain, educate and empower your children. Help to prevent these occurrences from happening and give your child the advantage of being one step ahead. The more they know the safer they are. Sit down with your kids and review the PreSafe chapters that are most pertinent for their age, abilities and current living situation. Select which specific chapter topic or lesson you want them to learn and then either display or print out the lesson page. It’s that simple to add weekly safety training for your children!
A great learning feature about PreSafe is having your children create their own safety images and thoughts. After they complete our lesson, have them turn over the page and let them think about, visualize and then draw a safety situation that directly applies to them and their environment. We know that what your children learn using these lesson pages will stay with them for a lifetime.
Whenever you have a group of preschool-aged kids together is the perfect time to teach some kind of safety lesson. Whether the event is at your home or in some other location, try to include some safety topics. There are many ways to use the PreSafe Program. Below are some general suggestions to get you started. Have fun and get creative!
Water Safety Parties
Locate and identify all flotation devices and teach two Water Safety lesson pages. Practice all Water Safety Rhymes.
Select two Fire Safety lessons. Show how water puts out campfires or barbecue fires. If you have a fire extinguisher, discuss how they work. Talk about burn first aid lessons.
Whenever a group of children are staying overnight at your home, gather everyone together to discuss and practice a fire/emergency escape plan to a safe place.
Talk about what to do if you get separated from your family or lost. Practice the identification of safe people in various locations and situations. Ask everyone in the group to each find one safe person, then ask what they would say when they talk to that person. See who knows parents’ names or phone numbers.
HOME SAFETY WEEK
Your own home safety week will be an opportunity to have great family fun. Monday through Friday gives you a chance to use a lesson from each chapter as a daily theme. Select lesson pages from each chapter that are the most relevant to your child’s age, ability and lifestyle.
A sample week might include:
Print out the “No” labels and apply them to things around the house like chemicals under the sink or in the garage. Medications, sharp items, hot surfaces or anything else that should not be touched or approached can be labeled. If your children are old enough, have them find the hazards to label. Tip: To safely remove the labels, print on paper, cut out and use adhesive tape to apply. Sheets of labels may be permanent!
Home Safety Day is a great time to make a report card about how safe your home is. Remember, home is where the hazards are! As well as checking the house, check the environment. Use the home safety guides from the National Safety Council to evaluate and grade your home. Check fire extinguishers, smoke detectors, sprinklers, locks on doors, etc. Get down on your hands and knees to see the world from your child’s point of view to see hazards you may not notice.
For Fire Safety Day, inspect your smoke detectors and change batteries. Check the indicator on your fire extinguishers to make sure they have adequate charge. Learn about Snuff and Sniff and what they do. Teach them what the “ABC” rating means. Discuss and draw out an escape plan from your home, etc. Practice the Fire Safety Rhymes. Explain how sprinklers work.
On Water Safety Day, take a tour of your water hazards -- spa, bathtubs, cleaning tubs, troughs, wells, streams, sewers, showers, sinks, gutters, pools, etc. Place “No” stickers and talk about Float the Life Preserver. Practice the Water Safety Rhymes. Talk about hot water and how it can burn.
When you’re at home, have a family meeting to talk about what to do if you get separated while out in the community. When you’re in public with your children, practice the "Lost? Look" action plan by having them look around a public place and point out the safe people they might talk to. Ask them what they would say to that person. Practice your phone number.