A child does not have the same perception as an adult does of what is or isn’t safe.
The curiosity, naïveté and energy of a child can make an apartment community a door to adventure-but also a door to accidents waiting to happen.
If parents take the time to create a safe home environment, the likelihood of an accident is lessened greatly. This includes explaining to a child not only what is unsafe but also why it is unsafe.
Here are a few suggestions for creating a safe environment for your children in and around the home.
Safety around the apartment:
- Do not allow children to play near windows. A screen will not support the weight of a child if he falls against it.
- For small children, mark patio doors with tape or a sticker so they do not run into them when they are closed.
- Small children should never be allowed to play on balconies without supervision.
Safety outside the apartment:
- In the playground, small children should always be supervised.
- Around the pool area, children should always be accompanied by an adult. Explain the pool rules to your children and make sure they understand them.
- Parking lots should be off limits for children. No skateboarding, rollerblading or bike riding.
- Talk to your children about respecting other people’s belongings around the community, which is a shared place to live, for example, cars in the parking lot, community recreational areas, laundry rooms, stairwells, elevators and garbage left outside.
- Review with your children emergency procedures for fires, blackouts and hurricanes. Review also with your children the guidelines about talking to strangers, leaving the apartment community grounds and entering other people’s apartments.
As a parent, one important measure to consider is to take a first aid course at your local Red Cross branch. www.houstonredcross.org
Additionally an excellent place that you will find links to resources in the Houston area which will help you and your family is Safe In My Place www.safeinmyplace.org.
It is a project designed and hosted by the members of the Houston Apartment Association www.haaonline.org who are committed to providing quality rental housing to nearly half of Houston’s population.
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