Article - Important safety tips for children to follow during the holidays

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Important safety tips for children to follow during the holidays

  • Stranger danger – It is never a good idea to tell someone that you are home by yourself.
  • Ensure that all doors and windows are locked. If you get home and the door is open or a window is smashed, do not peek inside, instead, go to a neighbor you trust for help.
  • If someone knocks on the door do not open for anyone that you do not know. If there is an intercom system, ask parents to teach you how to use it and for whom to open.
  • Ask parents to create an evacuation plan with you in case there is an emergency at home.
  • Do not give your home address to any strangers or people you do not know well.
  • Never go out to meet anyone that you have spoken to on any social networks.
  • If you want to practice how to cook make sure you do it under adult supervision first, ask parents to go over the safety rules of the kitchen with you first.
  • In case of an emergency, like a fire or a sibling getting hurt. It is important that you ask your parents to draw up an “in case of emergency” list. It should have your address and home phone number as well as your parent’s numbers and work address. Also get trusted family members details.
  • When going out with friends, try not to wander by yourself. Let your parents know where you will be always and arrange to be fetched and dropped off at a safe public place.
  • If you are the mall always stay in groups. If someone tries to get you to leave with them. Scream and make the people around you aware of what is happening.
For official Information on COVID 19 in South Africa see sacoronavirus.co.za