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Teaching Everyday Safety

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  • Learning to work and play safely is part of growing up. You can protect your children from everyday risks by teaching them responsible behaviour. Even very young children can learn safety lessons if they're presented in a way that children can understand.
  • Be calm and reasonable. Never try to scare your children.
  • Let your kids know that you trust them to understand risks and behave responsibly.
  • Explain the reasons behind the rules and lessons. Be realistic. Tell the truth.
  • Be confident. Children should feel that the adults in their lives can protect them.
  • Do your part: Set a good example by practicing safe behaviour at home and when you are out with them.infantcarseat.jpg

Cars and traffic:

  • Young children should ride in approved child car seats.
  • Children under 10 should never cross streets alone. (See pedestrian safety for more information)
  • Children should always sit in the back seat and parents should always wear their seat belt

Choking, suffocation, strangulation:

  • Screen children's toys and common household objects for small parts that they could choke on. Parents should learn CPR, the
  • Heimlich manoeuvre/abdominal thrust and First Aid.
  • Keep jump ropes or any other cords away from young children. Tell children not to put any toys in their mouths and to never play sports with gum in their mouths.
  • For more information on this topic visit the Sudbury and District Health Unit's web site.
Bikes, skateboards and skates

  • Keep children's bikes in good repair and be sure all riders have properly fitting, approved safety helmets and equipment.
  • Teach your child bicycle do and don'ts and the rules of the road. (see Bicycle/Skateboard link)
  • Supervise indoor play and restrict it to child-safe areas. Keep an eye on children at the playground. Choose safe playgrounds with cushioned surfaces.

What you should now about Drowning - Did You Know?lifejackets.jpg

  • Almost five hundred Canadians drown every year
  • Drowning children under ten years old are the second leading cause of preventable deaths in Canada
  • Toddlers have the biggest risk of drowning in backyard pools than anywhere else because that is where the least supervision is
  • Drowning victims never call for help because either they don't have the energy to yell or they're under water
  • Drowning can happen in as little as two to three inches of water and in a matter of seconds

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  • If you have a backyard pool, no matter what size it is you should always have a lifeguard or adult supervisor at all times
  • There is a possibility that your child can drown in the bathtub if the proper precautions aren't taken. Even with an empty tub, it's still considered a hazard. If the child is left unattended they can still slip and fall and seriously hurt themselves
  • Be sure to block off all entrances to your backyard pool by fencing around the whole yard. Ensure the door/fence is locked to prevent access
  • When hot tubs are not in use cover them
  • Whether you're at the cottage, the beach or in the backyard, your kids are your main priority!


Keep guns and ammunition locked up in separate locations. Teach your children to never touch guns or bullets.