As a parent, teacher, or mentor, our number one goal and worry is keeping our children safe and sound. But it’s not always easy; it can feel like there are more forces working against us than with us in keeping our children safe and each new season brings new challenges. Our partner, National Health Care Provider Solutions, has helped us put together 5 tips for keeping your children safe this fall so you can spend less time worrying, and more time enjoying each other and the beautiful, fun holidays ahead!
Water – As summer is coming to a close, its important to remember that water-related accidents aren’t seasonal. As little as 1-inch of water can be drowning hazard for children, so continue to keep your eyes on children that are around water or could potentially have access to it.
Swimming – If you are a strong swimmer, you may want to go to a local pool with your child to teach them easy ways that they can get out of the water or float on their backs while they wait for help. If you are not confident in your swimming skills, many YMCA’s offer reasonably priced youth swim lessons that could be worth considering.
Choking – Choking hazards aren’t always easy for your child to avoid this time of year between all of the fun fall festivities and visiting with friends after a long summer apart. But if you can – keep coins, balloons and small hard objects out of reach for young children, monitor young children while eating candy, and make sure new environments that your child will be in have taken these safety precautions as well.
Big Kids are at Risk Too – It’s also important to remember that young children are not the only ones at risk for choking episodes, children up to 14 years of age are included in national statistics that report on youth choking incidents, so be mindful of older children around small, hard objects as well and be sure you are ready to assist them in case of an emergency.
Be Prepared – Obtaining your certification in CPR, AED and First Aid can make the difference in saving a child’s life in any of the above emergencies that could come your way this fall. We have a great resource provided by National Health Care Provider Solutions that allows you to learn how to provide CPR, AED and First Aid support in an emergency in an online format that gives you a lot of flexibility for a busy schedule, and also gives you an internationally accepted certification. Their customer service is also recommended by customers like Claudia P., “I had a few questions and when I called, I actually spoke to a real person and she was very helpful!”
If all else fails, you have super-parent safety instincts, so recognize these instinctual feelings and follow them! We hope these tips help you and your family stay safe, and enjoy such a fantastic time of year! If you’d like to see more tips and information about child safety, check out the graphic below or visit the National Health Care Provider Solutions website.