Every parent knows that children are often curious about their surroundings, which can lead to them getting hurt. They’ll touch the stove just to touch it. By doing so, they’ll experience a blazing hot sensation and be burned. You most likely don’t want your child to have to go about their young life learning to not do certain things by experiencing harm in one way or another. Because of that, setting safety guidelines is crucial. Here are three guidelines that your children should abide by at home.
Don’t Play with Cables, Cords, or Outlets
Kids love to play with everything, even if those things aren’t really toys. Teach your kids that certain things just aren’t meant for play—such as cables, cords and outlets. If your child plays with an outlet by putting something through its holes, he or she can experience an electrical shock. Obviously, this can be harmful. Sit your child down and talk to them about what could happen. Let them know that you don’t want them to get hurt.
Don’t Play with the Garage Door
Children love pushing buttons and flipping switches! They like to see things light up and move when they do that. However, not all buttons or switches should be pushed. I mean, you’ve probably been frustrated when your child pushes all of the buttons on the TV remote and you have to put the settings back to normal again. Things like that are normal when you have a child who likes to touch everything, especially buttons.
Although playing with the TV remote can get annoying, it’s not necessarily something that will put them at risk. One such thing is the garage door. You should teach your child not to play with the opener when others are in the garage. You can help them to do this by giving them a safety role. They can be in charge of making sure that everyone is out of the garage and into the house before pushing the garage door opener once before going inside themselves. This way, they will still be able to experience the kick that they get out of pushing a button and keep safety in mind as well.
Don’t Answer the Door Without an Adult Present
You’ve heard of “stranger danger”, right? Well, that is one of the most important lessons to teach a child. Explain to them that not everyone who comes to the door isn’t a friend. Teach them to look out the window discreetly to see who the person at the door is. If the person is a family member, then it is safe to open the door. However, for everyone else—even for family friends—they should be taught to go and grab an adult or older family member before opening the door.
Don’t scare your child, however, by telling them all of the horror stories of children being kidnapped. You don’t want to traumatize them or create some type of phobia. Instead, explain to them that it’s not safe to just let anyone into the home, and so that is why that is why that rule is in place.
The security of your children is most likely your top priority. By sharing the above guidelines with them, you can be rest assured that they will be safe.