There’s nothing quite like winter to bring you and your kids closer together. Cups of hot chocolate shared in front of a fireplace, the chilly afternoons spent laughing and sledding, and making snow angels all provide family-fun time during the winter months. Or maybe, that’s a little optimistic.
Even with the winter entertainment, your kids have probably spent some time fighting, fussing and whining on days they are trapped inside. But, parents rejoice: spring is on the way! The long season of stir craziness is finally over, and it’s time to unleash your children on the parks and playgrounds of your neighborhood.
Before you turn them loose, make sure that they’re going to be safe! Following a few simple tips can keep your kid safe and sound this spring:
- Remind kids of safety guidelines
- Teach then how to arm or disarm the security system
- Keep your first aid kit updated and complete
- Give their bikes a quick tune up
If you’ve told them once, you’ve told them a thousand times, but it never hurts to refresh their young memories. Remind your kids of a few basic safety rules:
- Don’t talk to people you don’t know
- Never get into a stranger’s car
- Tell your parents where you’re going
- Stick with a buddy
- Don’t eat unidentified plants
- Look both ways before crossing the street and wait for cars to pass
Safety At Home
One of the best ways to keep your family safe is a home security system. Teaching kids how to arm and disarm it when they go out and come in from playing or school ensures that it’s doing its job.
New technology even makes it easier for you to keep your kids safe; the ADT security system app for smartphones allows you to keep your eyes on the house – and see exactly what your children are up to – no matter where you are.
For Every Scrape and Bump
Chances are, you have a first aid kit somewhere in the house or car – but do you know what it contains? Take a look through the contents of your first aid kit and make sure that it’s fully stocked with updated items.
According to FEMA, basic first aid kits should contain items such as:
- Gauze pads and sterile bandages in a range of sizes
- Scissors, tweezers and needles
- Tongue depressors
- Latex gloves
- Medications such as aspirin or non-aspirin pain relievers, antacids and ipecac
Breaking out the Bikes
For most kids, spring finally means the return of bike riding. Before you let them break out the BMX and princess bikes, give those two-wheelers the once-over, checking for faulty brakes, broken chains and flat tires. You can even take the bikes to a local bike shop to ensure all the nuts and bolts are fastened tightly and the bike is still in shape for another year.
And, most importantly: Always wear a helmet. They might be too young to understand the gravity of a head injury, so you’ll have to assert your parental authority in response to their endless complaints of “But I look stupid,” or “None of the other kids wear helmets!”
Following these simple safety tips can ensure that your kids have a great time playing in the spring sun – and that you don’t go crazy worrying about their safety!