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Practical things to do together at home

Take every opportunity in your own home, and the houses of family and friends, to look out for risks and dangers. Encourage your child to point out all the things that are dangerous and what could be done to make them safer. Get them to do a risk assessment in each room, listing the dangers (either writing them down or drawing pictures).

Give them praise and reward every time they pack away their toys or help you tidy things safely away.

If anything is split or broken, explain what and how it happened. Talk together about how it could be avoided.

Talk about any accidents or injuries that you or family members have had, again looking at how and why they happened and what could have been done to prevent them.

Use the word bank given so you can explain things in easy terms.

Use post-it notes or sticky labels as reminders and warnings around the home where things might be dangerous.

Keep a list of emergency telephone numbers in clear large letters (in order of whom they should ring) by the phone or stuck on the fridge. Make sure it includes family and friends you trust and are likely to be at home or on their mobile.

Talk to your child about making a 999 call. Make sure they know NEVER to mess about or make a prank call – only call 999 in a real emergency. Talk through the steps and the questions they may be asked (see downloadable fact sheet – Making an Emergency Call).

Make an escape plan for your family, in case of a fire. Everyone should know what to do in an emergency (see downloadable fact sheet – Family Emergency Escape Plan). Don't make it frightening or panicky but simple and straightforward so they understand. Make a role play game out of it and practise it every few months so it's easily remembered.

Encourage them to talk/ show/ explain all the safety things they've looked at and learnt with other family members, friends and neighbours.

And the best thing you can do – set a good example!