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Safety tips for preschoolers and early years children

Updated: Jun 19, 2023

As children grow and begin to explore the world around them, it's important to prioritize their safety. This is especially true for preschoolers and young children, who are particularly vulnerable due to their lack of experience and understanding of potentially harmful situations. Here are some basic important safety tips to keep in mind, and teach your child.

Young girl safely wearing a seatbelt while in a car

This list includes but is not limited to...

1. Supervision is key. It is important to always keep a watchful eye on young children to ensure they do not wander off, accidentally ingest harmful substances, or engage in risky behaviour.

2. Secure your home. Make sure that your home is childproofed by installing baby gates, securing heavy furniture, and locking up cleaning supplies and chemicals. This helps to prevent accidents and reduce the risk of injury.

3. Buckle up. When travelling in a car, always ensure children are properly secured in a car seat or booster seat that is appropriate for their age, height, and weight. This will greatly reduce the risk of injury in the event of a car accident.

4. Teach pedestrian safety. Children should be taught to hold hands while crossing the street, pay attention to traffic signals, and only cross at designated crosswalks.

5. Teach water safety. Children should never be left unsupervised near water, whether it's a pool, bathtub, or any other body of water. Children should also wear flotation devices, if necessary.

6. Practice fire safety. Children should be taught to never play with lighters or matches and to understand the importance of fire drills and how to safely exit a burning building.

7. Teach children their names and address. In case of an emergency where they get separated from their caregiver, preschoolers should know their name, address, and phone number, so they can be located quickly.

8. Practice proper first aid. Familiarize yourself with basic first aid techniques like CPR, and always keep a well-stocked first aid kit on hand in case of injury.

9. Teach children about stranger danger. Young children should be taught to never talk to strangers or accept anything from them without a caregiver's permission.

10. Online Safety. Children can now access anything online, so teaching them online safety at a young age is key. We have a more in-depth article regarding this, which can be found here,

By following these safety tips for preschoolers and early years children, and making them a routine part of your child's life, you can help reduce the risk of accidents and promote a safer, more secure environment for preschoolers and young children.

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