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Practical things to do together at home

As a family, agree on rules for kitchen hygiene; if necessary, supervise when your children are in the kitchen (e.g. using a separate knives and chopping board for raw meat).

As a family, go through each room in the house and discuss the potential dangers. Ask your son/daughter to carry out a risk assessment. They could also carry out a risk assessment for an elderly neighbour, if one is willing.

Agree a plan for checking the house is secure each evening (e.g. shutting doors to stop fire spreading, switching off electrical items).

Involve your son/daughter in decisions about buying safety equipment for the home (e.g. smoke alarms or fire blankets). Discuss why it's needed, where it could be stored and how it helps to keep the home safe.

Agree an emergency escape plan in case of fire.

Read through instructions and labels on lots of different household products and talk about how to use them safely. Explain any unfamiliar words and phrases.

Get your son/daughter familiar with danger/warning labels on products and what they mean.

Talk about the importance of checking the dates on products (especially food).

Discuss the skills needed to keep safe in the home (e.g. keeping an eye out for danger) and how these can be called upon when visiting someone else's home.

If appropriate, ask older children to speak to their brothers and sisters about how to stay safe.