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Home Safety Checklist
There are many ways to make your home safer. We are trying to make it simple. Just review the checklist below with your parents or guardian.
In Case of an Emergency, Call 911
Kansas Poison Control: 1-800-222-1222
Missouri Poison Control: 1-888-268-4195
Learn Emergency Contact Number
for your parent or guardian
and at least two other trusted adults (relative, neighbor, church member, etc.)
Memorize Your Address
Have an escape plan and regular fire drills
It is important that your family has a plan that all members understand. You or your brothers and sisters may need help getting out of your home, and you may not know how to escape or what to do.
Have a plan for young children who cannot get outside by themselves. In your plan, talk about who will help each child get out safely.
Know two ways out of every room. It is important for your family to know two ways out of every room, in case one exit is blocked or dangerous to use.
Choose a meeting place outside the home. You and your brothers and sisters should know what to do when they hear a smoke alarm and there is no adult around. You and your family should practice going to an outside meeting place. Teach your family to never go back inside a building that is on fire, even to save a pet.
Need smoke alarms – Many local fire departments offer free smoke alarms to help reduce injury, death and property loss caused by fire. Certain fire departments can install the alarms and talk to the household members about fire safety tips. For more information about the free smoke alarm program or other helpful fire safety tips, call your local fire department.
A stranger is ANYONE that your family doesn’t know well.
You may think strangers look “scary” like the villains in cartoons. That is not always true. Strangers who are dressed nicely or are attractive can be just as dangerous. You cannot tell if someone is safe just by their looks so you should be careful around ALL strangers.
So what happens when you are alone and need help? Whether you’re lost, being threatened by a bully, or being followed by a stranger–the safest thing for you to do is to ask a safe stranger for help. Safe strangers could be a teacher, local police officer, principal, or a store employee. Always try to go to a public place to ask for help.
Here are a few ways that strangers can approach you and could lead to danger:
An attractive stranger comes up to you in the park and asks for help finding their lost pet.
A woman who lives in your neighborhood but who you don’t know invites you into her house.
A stranger asks if you want a ride home from school.
Someone you don’t know is following you.
A person you know says or does something that makes you feel bad or uncomfortable.
While you are walking home, a car pulls over and a stranger asks you for directions.
Avoid Strangers and Dangerous Situations
Always be aware and careful
Never keep a secret, disobey your parents, or do something you’re unsure of without permission
Be watchful around people who make you uncomfortable – trust your feelings and find a safe, public place right away
Do not help or talk to strangers – for your own safety you might have to be rude to strangers – Say NO and leave
Let your parents or guardian know where you are at all times – ask permission or check in with your parents before going anywhere.
Memorize important information – know your parents’ work and cell phone numbers and your address.
Only go to safe places – talk to your parent about the safe places in your neighborhood
Be firm – it is okay to say no to someone
Play in groups – there is safety in numbers so play with other friends when possible.
What to do when you’re in danger?…..No, Go, Yell and Tell.
Say No Go or run away Yell as loud as you can for help or to call for a trusted adult Tell a trusted adult or safe stranger what happened