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  Kids Korner Safety at Home

Here's some good tips for keeping your friends, siblings (brothers or sisters) and yourself safe when playing at home. Being a safety leader will keep you out of trouble, too!

What to Do at Home
Internet Tips
Fire / Electrical / Poison Tips

General Safety at Home
  • Always check first with your parents or the person in charge before you go anywhere. Tell them where you are going, how you will get there, who will be going with you and when you’ll be back.
  • Get permission from your parent/guardian first before getting into a car or leaving with anyone, even someone you know or even someone dressed as a policeman. If the person tells you that your parents already consented, run home and check with them again.
  • Check with your parents before changing plans or accepting money or gifts from someone, even if you know them.
  • Always use the buddy system when going places or playing outside. It is safer to be with other people than to play or walk alone.
  • If someone tries to touch you in ways that make you feel frightened, uncomfortable or confused, say NO! Then go and tell a grown up that you trust what happened.
  • If someone tries to talk to you about grown up things that make you feel uncomfortable or confused, say NO! Then go and tell a grown up that you trust what happened.
  • Do not answer the door when you are home alone. Talk to your parents about what you should do if someone knocks at the door or calls on the phone when they are away.
  • Keep the doors locked when you are at home alone or with a babysitter.
  • Always know where your parents are and how to reach them.
  • Know your own phone number and address, and the emergency phone number (911).

Internet Tips for Kids Reprinted from
  1. I will not give out personal information such as my address, telephone number, parents’ work address/telephone number, or the name and location of my school without my parents’ permission
  2. I will never agree to get together with someone I "meet" online without first checking with my parents. If my parents agree to the meeting, I will be sure that it is in a public place and bring my mother or father along.
  3. I will never send a person my picture or anything else without first checking with my parents.
  4. I will not respond to any messages that are mean or make me feel uncomfortable in any way. It is not my fault if I get a message like that. If I do I will tell my parents right away so that they can contact the service provider.
  5. I will talk with my parents so that we can set up rules for going online. We will decide upon the time of day that I can be online, the length of time I can be online, and appropriate areas for me to visit. I will not access other areas or break these rules without their permission
  6. I will not give out my Internet password to anyone (even my best friends) other than my parents.
  7. I will be a good online citizen and not do anything that hurts other people or is against the law.
  8. I will talk with my parents about setting up rules for using the Internet. Decide on the time of day that I can be online, the length of time I can be online and the appropriate areas for me to visit.

Fire / Electrical / Poison Safety
  • If your clothes catch fire, Stop - Drop - Roll.
  • If there’s a fire, call the fire department at 9-1-1. Know your name and address.
  • Once you are outside, don’t go back in.
  • Never stick anything but a plug into an outlet. Always make sure your hands are dry before touching an outlet, a light switch or an appliance. If your toast gets stuck in the toaster, unplug it with dry hands before you get it out.
  • Watch out for loose clothing, pot holders and towels near a hot stove.
  • Never put anything electrical in water – this includes radios, hair dryers, shavers, toasters or curling irons. You can be electrocuted!
  • Fallen lines from a storm or accident can electrocute you instantly. Don’t go near them - report them immediately to an adult.
  • The safest place to be in a thunderstorm is inside. If you are caught outside, stay out of any water (a swimming pool or wading pool) and stand away from tall objects such as trees or towers.