DETROIT— Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy decided to put together a list of summer safety tips for parents after seeing a number of avoidable child deaths in the last few years.
“Many have risen to the level of criminal behavior,” she said in a press release. “These tips, at first glance, may seem so simplistic. Many of them come down to basic common sense, but this information bears repeating because it can save lives, maybe even that of your own child.”
- Never leave a child unattended in a car. It can cause many dangers, including serious ones like heatstrokes. Even if it’s 60 degrees outside, the temperature inside the car can reach 120 degrees. In addition, Worthy said not to wait long to take action when you see someone else’s child in a car.
- Use a locking device for your firearms and ammunitions to disable them and then store them in separate locked places.
- Teach fire safety to their children at a young age, including how to escape the house during a fire, by repeating the crawling exercise with them until they memorize it.
- Place an infant on his or her back, on a secure mattress, with a fitted sheet, to sleep. There should also be no objects around the baby, not even pillows, blankets or toys.
- Children should be taught not to come near a dog that is sleeping, eating, nursing puppies, hurt, unidentified or that isn’t attended by its owner. They should also never harm the dog.
- Parents should ask reliable friends or family members to babysit or for their trusted recommendations. A babysitter shouldn’t be younger than 12-years-old. Parents must guarantee the sitters capabilities by meeting him or her beforehand.
- Regarding swimming, she said every family member needs to learn how and swim only in selected areas watched by a life guard. Parents should also be on the watch.