At two years of age, children should know:
- Their first and last names
- Home address
- Telephone number, including area code
- Parents's first and last names
- How to use the phone to dial 9-1-1 or text SOS in an emergency
- A secret family password; and understand
not to go with anyone unless they know the password. Also they should learn not to go anywhere without permission from a parent, baby-sitter, or teacher.
- Not to stray from you in a public place, and to go to a police officer or store employee for help if they become lost.
- It is alright to say "No" to an adult if they sense danger. Teach them to yell "HELP! This is not my Dad/Mom!" Continue to yell, kick, and try to break loose until they get safely away.
- Never to tell someone on the phone they are alone or open the door to strangers. If a delivery is being made, have them leave it on the porch.
- Heatstroke is the leading cause of non-crash, vehicle-related deaths for children, and it can happen to anyone.
- Avoid this tragedy by remembering to do these three things:
- Avoid heatstroke-related injury and death by never leaving your child alone in a car, not even for a minute. And make sure to keep your car locked when you’re not in it so kids don’t get in on their own.
- Create reminders by putting something in the back of your vehicle next to your child such as a briefcase, a purse or a cell phone that is needed at your final destination. This is especially important if you’re not following your normal routine.
- Take action. If you see a child alone in a car, call 9-1-1. Emergency personnel want you to call. They are trained to respond to these situations. One call could save a life!
FIND OUT IF YOU HAVE THE RIGHT CAR SEAT
On June 24th, 2015 Kentucky's new Booster Seat Law went into effect:
Children ages 8 and under between 40-57 inches tall must be secured in a booster seat. Your choice is either a $30 fine or to purchase a booster seat fit for your child. To be sure you have your child safely secured, drop by the London Police Department located at 503 South Main Street and have an officer double-check.
Visit safecar.gov to be sure you have your child's car seat installed correctly, register your car seat for recall and safety information, and determine if your car seat is right for your child.