Summer safety tips for kids

Dallas Morning News, Nancy Churnin, June 3, 2009

Do you have to go to work while the kids stay at home? Or do you just anticipate leaving them at home for short stretches while you run errands or get some exercise? Either way, you may want to consider some of these safety tips from and Safety Center Incorporated. Tell us how you keep your kids safe and if there's anything you would add or subtract from this list.

Tell your children NOT to answer the phone or door while you are away (unless you're calling them!) -- and never admit to being alone.

Always keep a list of emergency contacts handy, including the best number to reach you, 911, and the numbers for family, friends and trusted neighbors.

Create a list of approved (and NOT approved) activities for your children to play while you are away.

Allocate "safe houses within your neighborhood where your kids can go if they feel they are in danger.

Teach your children the danger of strangers. Reinforce that they should never leave with someone they don't know.

Show and tell what to do do in different emergency situations, including if they need to leave the home quickly and safely.

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