Keeping your children safe

2016-06-02 06:00
Ensure children’s safety at all times.

Ensure children’s safety at all times.

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PARENTS and guardians should make sure their children follow basic personal safety rules throughout the year, to protect them from the evils that might wait for them in the outside world.
That’s the advice from a local private security company, who says it believes these safety rules should constantly be reinforced on children, especially with the winter school holidays just a few weeks away.

“Instead of starting these safety training sessions anew, it makes more sense to instil a sense of responsibility with your children, which they follow throughout the year.
“As much as we would love to look after our children 24/7, there will come a time when they have to fend for themselves. We have to prepare and equip them.
“Safety must be a part of your child’s education,” said ADT Security’s district manager, Ivan Govender.

He explained there are basic and practical safety precautions parents can share with their children regardless of whether they are left with a caregiver, domestic staff or stay at home by themselves during the holidays.

“It is important that they know to always keep entry and exit doors locked, and that nobody is to enter the property without your permission. If you have a home security system installed teach them how to activate and deactivate it and how and when to use other security devices like panic buttons.”

He adds that it is a good idea to have a list of emergency contacts – including the number for your local police station and private security service provider – near the telephone and to explain to children when and how it must be used.

“You should also ensure your children know how to behave in a safe and responsible manner if they are active online,” said Govender.
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Instead of starting these safety training sessions anew, it makes more sense to instil a sense of
responsibility with your children, which they follow throughout
the year

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