Back To School Security Basics

September 10, 2018

It is back-to-school time! The time has come for us to hit the books and keep our kids safe when they are out and about. Most parents have explain the basic course of action in an emergency to their kids. However, It may be time for a refresher. This could be the difference between a safe and happy student and unnecessary injuries. We will go over a few quick tips that you can go over with your youngster to ensure they are safe throughout the school year.

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Interacting with Adults

Kids should know that there are some strangers that should be seen as a threat, while some are likely to be helpful. Some people your kid should be able to distinguish from strangers are policemen, firemen, and emergency personnel. 

Safe Route

If your child walks to school of the bus stop, they will likely have to cross streets and traffic. Drive or walk with them if possible. If you have a morning time constraint, see if a friends' parent would be able to chaperone them with their own kids. In the need of a last resort, plan a route that is safest for your child and find them a walking buddy. Try to steer them away from areas with heavy vehicle and foot traffic.

Back Packs

A child's backpack should weight less then 10 percent of their body weight. Backpacks with wide padded shoulder pads are best. The straps should also be adjustable to fit your kid. To find the best, look for backpacks that are ACA approved.

Emergencies

As much as we want to shield our children from the dangers of the world, it is crucial that we explain to them what they should do in the case of an emergency. Put "ICE" in your kid's phone along with your cell phone number. ICE stands for "In Case of Emergency". This will allow them to quickly access you during an emergency. If anything happens, they or someone else can contact you. Teaching your child the importance of of 911 during an emergency. If your kid is old enough, enroll them in a CPR and/or a first aid course for extra security.

Home Security

Your children should be aware of your home security. Teach them how to close the garage door, lock the doors in the house and how to arm the house's security system. Teach them how to spot if something is off or out of the ordinary at your home, along with where they can go in case something where to happen, be it a trusted neighbor or friend. Examples can include open doors, unfamiliar cars in the driveway, and broken windows.

At Home

While they are with us, we can protect our children, It is more difficult when they are home alone. A home security system will provide you with a piece of mind and a safety you can trust, what your family deserves. Reach out to Bates Security today to learn more about the options in home security we can offer you.

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