Teaching children about safety

WATERBURY, Conn. (WTNH)– Some elementary school kids in Waterbury are learning more than their ABCs Wednesday. They’re also getting some tips on staying safe.

Wednesday’s lesson plan at Chase Elementary School went outside the classroom teaching students the fundamentals of safety.

“Early age is a very critical learning time so they will keep this information with them for the rest of their life,” said Meg McCabe, Safe Kids CT.

“Safe Kids Day” is hosted by Connecticut Children’s Medical Center. It gives kids the knowledge they need to help prevent injury, even death.

“Injury is 100% preventable with the right education,” said McCabe.

So how can you keep your own child safe? First, they should not be around any water if they don’t know how to swim.

“You need to make sure your kids are taking swim lessons so if they ever fall into the water they’ll know what to do. if they don’t know how to swim, they will just panic, sink and drown,” said Luis Rivera, CCMC.

When it comes to riding a bike, a properly fitting helmet is a must. It can reduce a head injury by 80%.

“A child should really be able to fit his helmet or her helmet right before getting on the bike, or a scooter. Any type of wheeled device,” said Marisol Feliciano, St. Francis Hospital.

Finally, fire safety. Make sure they know how to call 9-1-1 and that your family has an evacuation plan in place.

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“If they smell smoke or if they see smoke or it’s in the house, they need to stay low, crawl out and like I said getting out is the most important thing,” said Lt. Ray Corbo, Waterbury Fire Department.

So at what age should you be talking to your children about safety? Well the experts say the earlier the better, at whatever age they’re fully able to comprehend.

Experts say kitchen and pedestrian safety should also be brought up in conversation.

You can also learn more about Safe Kids Connecticut and child safety tips at ctsafekids.org

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