September has finally arrived! This month brings us beautifully coloured leaves, the start of school, cool weather, and lot of fun. With so many important events, Child Find would like to take some time to discuss new safety hazards that may pose a risk to our children.
The cool weather means that we need to make sure our children are dressed warm and safe from sickness. Here are some things to consider:
- It’s important to have light jackets that your children can easily put on and take off on their own.
- Keep heavier jackets on hand for the unexpected colder days.
- Footwear is a priority! Keep both sneakers and rain boots at home for dry and wet days.
- Gloves and scarves can always be put to use so it is a good idea to have your child carry some with them.
Schools are also opening up this month but unlike last year, we need to be more careful and make sure our children are practicing sanitary behaviours. Along with this, there are also the usual safety concerns we must think about:
- If your child walks to and/or from school alone, make sure that they know all the traffic rules, know how to cross the street safely, know not to accept rides or help from strangers, and that they walk on well-lit and busy streets.
- Children that bike should be following the same guidelines as above.
- Practice bus safety with your children, especially if they are taking public transit instead of a school bus. Go with them to the bus stop on their first day and teach them safety tips for when they are on the bus.
- If you have teenagers that drive, you should make sure to go over the importance of safety while driving. Remind them that texting or any distracted driving is unacceptable.
- If you are unable to pick your child up from school one day, make sure you have a code word decided upon that can be told to whoever you are sending in your place. If this person knows the code word, your child will know they can trust them.
- Discuss sanitary behaviour with them this year; giving them their own small bottle of hand sanitizer is a good idea.
- Remind your child to be cautious on playgrounds and during recess to avoid injury. However, a few bruises or scrapes should not be stressed about.
Though there are additional safety concerns this month, it doesn’t mean you and your family still can’t have fun. The fall weather creates opportunities for many family activities. Drink some hot chocolate, go to the park on the weekends, and play in the fallen leaves. You can even start preparing for Halloween early! Child Find hopes you can make the most of this month and that your children can have a great school year.