Dr. M.J. Bazos, MD,
6 Year Old
• Enforce consistent, explicit, and firm
rules for behavior.
• Ensure that the
child wears a seat belt in the car at all
• Reinforce with the child
safety rules for swimming pools. Teach the child how to swim. Ensure that
swimming pools in the child's community, in his apartment complex, or at his
home have a four-sided fence with a self-closing, self-latching gate. Children
should be supervised by an adult whenever they are in or near
• Teach the child how to put
on sunscreen before he goes outside to play or
• Keep the child's environment
free of smoke. Test smoke detectors to ensure that they work properly. Change
batteries yearly. Reinforce with the child safety rules for the home. Conduct
fire drills at home. • Lock up poisons, matches, and electrical
• Ensure that guns, if in the
home, are locked up and that ammunition is stored separately. A trigger lock is
an additional important precaution.
Reinforce with the child safety rules for getting to and from school. Reinforce
with the child pedestrian and neighborhood safety skills. Reinforce playground
safety. Ensure that the child is supervised before and after school in a safe
environment. Reinforce with the child safety rules for interacting with
strangers (e.g. answering the telephone or the door or never getting into a
stranger's car). Ensure that the child's school curriculum includes information
on how to deal with strangers.
Teach the child about sports safety, including the need to wear protective
sports gear such as a mouth guard or a face protector.