Teaching your Children about Safety

As parents and caregivers, it is important to teach your children about safety. This page provides you with tips and links to various resources that can help you and you child learn how to prevent injuries and stay safe.

Things to consider when teaching your child about safety:
  • Children from the age of three can learn and understand about home safety. It is important however not to assume that they will always remember and know how to stay safe.
  • Parents should model and teach the safe behaviours that they want their children to follow. Even before the age of three, children are learning from you, and they're learning by watching you. So practice what you teach!
  • When teaching safety rules, it is important to be consistent and repeat messages regularly. It takes most adult learners a minimum of three times to remember something, so for children, repeat, repeat, and repeat!
  • Although we can teach young children to learn safe behaviours, it is always important to supervise too.
    BE THERE.
  • For a fun way to teach and learn home safety with your child go our web page on Child's Play.
  • Check out Ages, Stages and Safety to learn more about skill development and tips about safety.

Risk Watch

Each home will have their own safety rules and those safety rules may change as your child grows and learns new skills.

Risk Watch is a safety curriculum developed by the National Fire Protection Association . Risk Watch covers eight general areas of safety. You can use their messages as a starting point for your children:

1) Fire, Burns, and Scalds
Messages to Children- Learn to stop, drop, and roll , tell a grown up when you find matches, learn to identify hot things, fire is dangerous.

2) Drowning
Messages to Children- no candy or gum, no pushing or shoving, don't swim when tired, don't swim when there's lightning or thunder, and stick to the rules.

3) Poisoning
Messages to Children- Only take medicine from a trusted grown-up, ask before eating or drinking anything, tell a grown-up if you find poison, learn symbols.

4) Suffocation and Choking
Messages to Children- Eating is serious business, never play with plastic bags or crawl into small closed spaces such as dishwasher, toy box, freezer, etc.

5) Falls
Messages to Children- Stay away from open windows, avoid playing on stairs and escalators, play safe, use the banister when going up or down the stairs, and play on soft surfaces.

6) Firearms
Messages to Children Tell a grown-up if you find or see a gun, and stay away from guns and bullets.

7) Bike and Pedestrian Safety
Messages to Children- Cross the street with a grown-up, learn and practice bike safety rules, wear a helmet every time you ride, and see and be seen (last part needs more explanation).

8) Water Safety
Messages to Children- Always swim with a grown-up, wear a personal flotation device (e.g., lifejacket) when in or around water, learn and practice water safety rules, stop, look and test before entering lakes and pools, be safe on ice.