Spring into Safety!
Now that the weather is warming up, it’s a great time to get some fun outdoor activities in! Some of my favorites are chasing squirrels (I just want a hug!), taking my humans on nice evening walks, and catching a midday nap in the sun. Since many of you will be spending more time out of the house, I thought it would be a good time to remind you about “stranger danger” and how to avoid scary situations. Below are some safety tips and reminders on how to stay safe:
- Never leave some place with anyone other than a parent, or someone who you were expecting to pick you up
- An adult will NEVER need help from a child. If an adult is asking you for help, just say “no.”
- Never get in a car with a stranger or someone you don’t feel comfortable with and try to avoid it at all costs- yell, kick, and scream!
- Know what is okay and was is not okay, have confidence to take action if you feel someone is trying to take advantage of you- It’s okay to say “no,” even to an adult
- Always tell a trusting adult if anyone makes you feel scared or uneasy
- Always ask permission and tell a parent exactly where you are going
Parents- there are things you can do as well to ensure the safety of your little ones. Below are some tips on what to have in order to lessen the risks of abduction:
- Talk to your children about the potential risks and prevention strategies- let them know that it is okay to say “no” even to adult or someone they know
- Create and give each child an ID card with their name, DOB, address, and phone numbers on it
- Prepare an ID kit for each child that includes: physical description, DOB, height, weight, gender, fingerprints, hair and eye color, and any other information that could be helpful.
- Teach your kids where to go for help (nearest police post, emergency station, school, trusting adult’s house) and what to do if they are lost.
Happy Spring Time, My Friends! Stay safe and enjoy the warm weather.