Home Safety Rules for Kids
Establishing home safety rules for your children is a fundamental parental chore. The earlier your kids learn safe (and respectful) conduct, the easier it will be to let them learn and explore the areas of your home and the greater world:
Home Safety Rules
- Keep cloth and paper away from the stovetop and any open flame in your home. This includes paper towels, napkins, paper plates and dishtowels.
- Never place water or oil in a hot pan.
- If your child is learning how to prepare some foods in the kitchen, teach him to avoid cross contaminating food by placing raw and cooked meats on the same plate.
- Make sure he understands the importance of refrigerating foods immediately after use and washing his hands thoroughly before and after handling food.
- Never place a hand down the garbage disposal.
- Never place a knife in the toaster.
- Be respectful of electricity and never touch a socket with wet hands or place appliances near or in water.
- Don’t overload electrical sockets with too many electronic toys and avoid stepping on electrical cords.
- Never run down the stairs with something sharp or breakable in your hands.
- If you live in a multi-child household, warn older children against leaving standing water in tubs or containers, like buckets. Very young children can drown in small volumes of water, so teach water safety, including keeping the toilet seat down.
- Explain the dangers of improperly handling sharp objects, like knives, scissors, skewers and the like. Sharp implements should only be used with care, under supervision, or not at all. Under no circumstances should sharp objects be left unattended on countertops or tables. After use they should be put away or placed in the dishwasher with the tip pointing down.
- Glass or any other material that can shatter should be treated with great care and never offered to a younger sibling. Avoid carrying glass up and down stairs, and under no circumstances should glass be part of any type of roughhousing activity.
- Teach your children to be cautious and aware of their surroundings. They should never leave the kitchen without making sure that the stovetop burners are off, or exit the bathroom without closing the taps and stowing any appliances that could inadvertently fall into the sink or tub.
To insure these safety rules are understood and remembered, print them out and post them on your refrigerator.