In response to the early closing of schools this term, the South African Police Service (SAPS) has initiated a communications campaign urging parents and legal guardians to ensure the safety of their children.
Some of the tips they’re sharing include:
- Make sure you leave your children with a trustworthy adult.
- Don’t leave your children under the supervision of other children.
- Don’t leave your children unattended in the house.
- Don’t let your child wander off on their own, always be sure of where they are.
- Don’t allow your children to play without adult supervision.
- Educate your children to always keep doors locked and not to open the door to anyone, especially strangers.
- Make sure your house is child-proof. Remove all dangerous items and substances that are in reach of the children.
- Don’t leave matches and candles within reach of children.
- Make sure that all medication is packed away in a place where your children can’t reach it.
- Please remember to remove all choking hazards from the house.
- Never leave your children in the car alone
- Always be aware of where your children are when you are visiting the store or mall. Also, don’t send them to the mall alone.
- Keep your phone switched on so that your children can reach you at any time. Write your phone number down and put it where they can see it, e.g. the refrigerator door.
- Also, write down emergency numbers in case you are not available at that moment.
- South African Police Service – 10111
- Ambulance response – 10177
Educate your children on the dangers of the world and ensure that they are always safe. Parents, you might not be with them every minute of every day so please make sure that you leave them with a responsible and trustworthy adult.