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Parent Safety Tips by Nick Nicholson

Children are precious! Help protect them with these important Nick-2015safety tips.

Parents: GET YOUR MISSING CHILD BACK
A parent’s worst nightmare is losing a child.
Take a cell phone picture (every day if you need to) of your child as they leave for events, gatherings, parades, dances, outings, etc. BEFORE they leave. It captures what they look like and what they are wearing. Save that picture on your phone until the next one is taken.

Parents: KNOW YOUR CHILD IS SAFE AT A DISTANCE
Buy you child (children) recognizable headbands for swimming. The security you feel when you can count your children’s heads while they are in the water at a beach or park is wonderful.

MALL SAFETY CARE:
When taking a toddler shopping, have them attached to you with a wristband leash. Your eyes will be looking elsewhere and your hands will be clutching your purse.
TEACH YOUR CHILD THAT “STOP SIGNS” DON’T STOP TRAFFIC:
Especially kids getting off a school bus and crossing in-front-of the vehicle. Teach them to halt behind the edge of the bus and look left, right and left again before actually crossing the open lane. (North America)

PARENT’S RESPONSIBILITY:
As a parent, grandparent or guardian make sure you are carrying your child’s emergency information with you at all times. Contact and insurance policy numbers, diseases, medications, a photo and description of the child.
“ICE” YOUR PHONE:
To emergency response personal, “ICE” means “In Case of Emergency”. Set up your phone so that there are at least, 3 emergency contacts from your contact list entitled “ICE 1″, ICE 2” and “ICE 3”. Name the person to contact along with phone numbers where they can be reached. Responders will look for the letter “I” first when you are found unconscious at a scene.

About the Author

Nick Nicholson, is a retired safety practitioner who spent many years researching the human behaviour factors of driver and pedestrian actions. Specifically, he spent 25 of those years devoted to highway crash investigations, regulatory compliance, the design, implementation and presentation of safety programs. Nick enjoyed many hours presenting professional driver enhancement training to adult participants.

As a long time Fleet Safety Council Member (1988) and the Founding Chair (1992-1995) of Council’s Hamilton-Niagara Chapter, he presents his opinions in hopes of improving the safety knowledge of readers. Nick is a firm believer in human advancement through positive attitudes, solution thinking and the understanding that the beauty of life is always in your hands.

Old Uncle Nicky’s Opinions are his own and in no way reflect the opinions of Fleet Safety Council.

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