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Child Safety Event

Written by Resident Events On  September 20, 2017   481   0
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Child Safety Event

Planning and organizing a month full of baby and child safety activities in your community is a great way to keep residents healthy and safe.

Here are a few ideas of activities to arrange and include.

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Car seat checks

Local law enforcement agencies, fire departments, and sometimes hospitals, offer free car seat checks periodically within their communities.

Arrange a day to have a safety-certified car seat inspector come to your community and assess car seat safety for residents. Or you can also share the video below as a refresher, or for those who are unable to attend the live event.

***TIP*** Car seat inspections in your community should be voluntary but highly encouraged.

Inspections, installations, and reinstallations if needed, will all ensure that parents have their car seats installed correctly. A car and booster seat safety drive will also ensure that parents know how to properly seat and buckle their children.

Home safety training

Team up with local home visitor or child advocacy agencies to offer home safety classes in your community. Encourage parents - especially new parents and those with small children - to attend.

Home safety checklists

Along with your monthly newsletter, you can give out home safety and child safety checklists to residents. You can mail these out with a bill, post them to doors, or email them out to residents.

To encourage participation, invite residents to complete all the items on the list and agree to a safety inspection from a member of staff to qualify for some kind of safety prize.

As prize giveaways, you can organize raffles for a wide range of safety prizes like new car seats, baby gates, baby monitors, electrical outlet covers, doorknob covers, drawer latches, and other smaller safety supplies.

Print out this SafeKids Worldwide home safety checklist or as for free pamphlets and guides from your local Department of Health.

You can also use any checklists you find online as inspiration for creating a unique checklist for your community.

Post safety signs around your community

While you’re in the spirit of safety - take a walk around your community and inspect any safety signs and equipment.

Are all your community’s signs legible and in good repair? If not, fix, replace, or even add additional signage as needed.

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Inspect playground equipment, depth of bark under playgrounds, pool gates, and other common areas for hazards you may have overlooked.

Ignoring all these things is both unsafe for residents and can open you up to lawsuits as well – so be careful!

Child safety social media campaign

Make a habit of scheduling daily child safety tips to your social media accounts. Remind residents of ways to keep their children safe in your community year round.

This can include reminders about pool safety, gate safety, helmet usage, and parking lot speed-limit reminders.  (Note:  In order to not be discriminatory, make sure that all signs that have rules associated with them apply to ALL residents - not just children.)

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Offer free courses

Share links to free online safety courses like those offered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC offers a free Heads Up concussion training course for parents, teachers, coaches, and other caregivers.

Sport Safety International also offers a free 20 min. online course about heat safety which is a great refresher course for parents and caregivers to take every year.

However, safety comes first year-round, so consider making this a recurring event with your residents every few months.

Have fun and stay safe!

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