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Moving Tips: Teaching children about home safety

Be careful when children are playing outside.

Be careful when children are playing outside.

It is important to acclimate your children to your new home, and one of the most important ways to do this is to stress the need for safe habits around the house. Being in a new place can be exciting time for them, but you will want to make sure they don't get hurt once your moving company leaves.

Stress indoor safety importance

Some parts of the home can be dangerous for children, even if it doesn't seem like it. Make sure that kids know that it is not a good idea to run around the house, as this is the way that injuries occur. Additionally, make sure if a child needs something, they look for an older person to get it for them if it is unreachable. Unsupervised climbing on furniture can be dangerous.

Make sure to teach children about the dangers of going into cabinets and rooms with dangerous chemicals and solvents. It is also important to lock these areas, if possible. While a child may be told they can't do something, it doesn't necessarily stop them.

Don't forget about outdoor safety

When outside the home, make sure your child stays safe. This can be more difficult, and you may need to keep more of an eye on them. Even when not being mischievous, children can still have accidents or get hurt.

If children are playing in the yard, let them know to not stray too far away. This is especially true in a busy area, or a yard with a two-way street next to it. Stressing to your child that they need to be careful will make a difference.

Children should also be careful when playing around recreational items you have in your yard. They shouldn't be swimming in a pool without someone older watching them. Trampolines can also be a safety hazard if the child isn't being watched. However, getting a protective net on the device can help keep your kids safe.

Be mindful that kids will be kids, and accidents can occur. However, with some patience and talking to them about the need to stay vigilant when having fun, they can have a good time while lessening the chances of getting hurt.