Make sure your children know things such as their address and phone number, the importance of gun safety, and how to respect animals.
- Discuss the importance of staying out of the medicine cabinet and away from things kept under the kitchen sink or in the garage.
- Children should only take medicine from a trusted adult.
- Do not leave toys where someone could trip over them.
- No throwing rocks.
- Be safe when playing! Don’t be a daredevil, always have a buddy, and don’t go in unfamiliar areas, construction zones, or alleyways.
- Stay away from electrical outlets.
- Always practice with children what to do in case of a tornado siren.
Name, Address & Phone Number
One of the most important safety lessons you can teach your child is their name, phone number and address. Many children go by a nickname (“Chipmunk”) and never know their real name until they are older. By the age of 5, your child should know their full name (first and last name) and also the names of their parents. (Your names are not Mom and Dad, but some children do not understand that). They should also be able to memorize their phone number and address. The children should understand that this information is to be given out to someone in case of an emergency like if they are lost or have been in an accident.
If you have a child with special needs or one who is very shy and tends to shut down when they are put on the spot you can teach them to type out the number on a smartphone or learn to write it down on paper.
If your children know their name, address, and phone number, they will be better prepared to call 911 in case of an emergency. Your child will not understand how to do this unless you show them and practice with them. At Safety Town the children practice talking on the phone and learning to react when they hear the emergency operator answer and ask, “What is your emergency?” Many children will freeze and not say anything. They need to be able to give their name, address and phone number to the operator and also be able to tell them what the emergency is ( fire, someone is hurt, an accident, someone is trying to break into the house, etc.). Take the time to review this information with your child and practice (without actually making a call) to ensure they know what to do. You must also reinforce that 911 is never used to play on the phone or to call for non-emergencies.
If you are concerned about a possible poison exposure, call the national hotline for help at 1-800-222-1222. If the individual collapses, has a seizure, has trouble breathing, or can’t be awakened: Call 911 IMMEDIATELY.
Wisconsin has a poison center with a number of excellent resources. https://www.wisconsinpoison.org/
Including this brochure: Protect your family from poison
and a list of toxic plants