Child Safety Tips for Single Parents

 

It’s important to protect your most precious asset: your children. Singlemoms.org has come up with some simple things that you can do that will drastically reduce any uncessary risk to your children’s health and safety.

Basic Rules to Teach Children

Children should be taught some basic safey rules to help prevent uncessary risks.

…Children Under The Age of Five SHOULD…

  • Say ‘No’ if someone does anything to make them uncomfortable.
  • Refuse gifts from strangers.
  • Kick, hit, or scream if they are forced into a car or a building.
  • Never give directions to an adult who says he/she is lost.
  • Go to the nearest cashier if lost or separated from her in a store.
  • Children should be able to dial 9-1-1 in an emergency.

…Children Over The Age of Five SHOULD…

  • Never invite anyone into the house without the permission of a parent.
  • Know the dangers of the Internet.
  • Avoid empty parks, fields, or alleys.
  • Tell where he/she is at all times.
  • Be taught to give up money, clothing, or other belongings to an attacker, and then RUN AWAY.

Parent Saftey Rules

There are a few key things parents should do to ensure the safey of their children at all times. These simple pointers can help ensure your child is safe.

  • Avoid writing your child’s name on clothing or toys.
  • Check references of baby sitters and day care.
  • Pick a secret word.
  • Establish a ‘phone-tree’ contact procedure with friends, neighbors, and family.
  • Keep an eye on your child.
  • Be prepared, just in case.

Beach Safety Tips for Children

Drowning is said to be the second leading cause of accidental death for children aged 1 – 14 years. This usually happens during swimming or boating recreational activities, or when a young child is unsupervised for a short time in the bath tub or the home’s pools and hot tubs. Single mothers need to know the dangers of drowning and the proper ways in which children can be protected.

Valuable Information  

  • Drowning is usually quick and silent, and a child can drown in as little as one inch of water.
  • Children ages 5 to 14 often drown at open-water locations, such as rivers, lakes, and oceans.
  • Lifeguards are not enough! A lifeguard cannot watch every swimmer at the same time. Parents must help in the supervision of the children.
  • Action Single Mothers can Take:
  • Actively supervise children in and around open bodies of water, paying undivided attention. Adults can take turns to watch the kids. Have a phone ready for any emergency.
  • Ensure that kids only swim in areas designated for swimming.
  • Enroll children in swimming classes after age 4. This is said to be the earliest age for them to master the skill. They should be taught to tread water, float, and stay near the shore.
  • Teach children not to dive into oceans, lakes, or rivers, since the depth and what could be hidden under the water are unknown.
  • Teach children that swimming in open water is not the same as swimming in a pool. In open waters there may be uneven surfaces, holes, river currents, ocean undertow, and the changing weather can affect them.
  • Children should not be allowed to operate personal water crafts, like jet skis, since they are intended for adults and require specialized training.
  • Parents should learn infant and child cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). CPR is performed by pushing down on a person’s chest and breathing into his mouth. It is usually used in emergencies when a person’s heart has stopped beating, or when a person has stopped breathing. CPR moves blood to a person’s brain to help to prevent brain damage. CPR can help to keep someone alive until a health professional reaches the scene.

A Single Mother’s Just-in-Case Emergency Plan  

No man is an island. There needs to be someone in whom single mothers have complete confidence. Someone whom they can call to meet their kids, or take in their mail when they’re on holiday, or who can have access to an extra set of house keys. Emergency Plan Worksheets with information on her family can be completed and copied, and the copy given to a family member, friend, or neighbor whom she trusts. These Worksheets should contain the following information:

  • Mother’s information

Name, home address, home phone number, cell phone, medical insurance ID number, primary-care physician phone, work address, work phone, work e-mail, home e-mail, drug allergies, blood type, and medications and schedules.

  • Alarm information

Alarm-system company phone, password, and location of extra keys.

  • Child information

Name, birth date, secret passwords, perhaps, if picking child up from school, medical-insurance ID number, pediatrician phone, food and drug allergies, blood type, medications and schedules, dentist phone, orthodontist phone, baby-sitter phone, school phone, school nurse phone, teacher’s phone, and location and time of school bus arrival and departure.

  • Pet information

Name, feeding schedule, and veterinarian phone.