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Continued: Safety stuff all kids should know

  • Article by: JEFFREY HARGARTEN
  • Last update: May 22, 2013 - 10:50 AM

The Minnesota Safety council suggests that children lost inside a store stay calm and go to the cash register.

If they’re lost outside and separated from friends and family, they should go to an agreed-upon meeting place.

Children should be taught to avoid strangers, with the exception of police officers. If they’re home alone, children should be taught never to answer the door. If they answer the phone, they should never tell the caller their parents aren’t home.

Wild or unfamiliar animals should also be avoided.

Other Skills

Safety skills that children should learn extend beyond fire, water, first aid and weather.

Children playing sports, riding in vehicles and crossing streets should be aware of their surroundings, wear the appropriate protective gear and be cautious and respectful to others, according to safety experts.

Before playing sports, kids should warm up properly, wear the appropriate protective gear, drink plenty of water and apply sunscreen. If they’re injured during the course of play, they should tell an adult immediately.

Motorized crashes are one of the leading causes of injuries among children in Minnesota and nationwide. It’s important for children to always wear a seatbelt during any car trip, to keep their head, hands, arms and feet in the vehicle at all times, and refrain from distracting the driver.

Most kids can’t judge speeds or distances until age 10, according to the Minnesota Safety Council, so younger kids need to cross streets with an adult. It’s also important to cross at corners, using signals and crosswalks while making eye contact with the drivers to ensure they’re seen.

It’s also important to walk across the street instead of running, to remove headphones and look both ways before crossing. Children should know to never run out into the street after a ball, pet or for any other reason.

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