Preschoolers start venturing out more on their own, which puts them at risk for injury. Safety topics taught in preschool better prepare your students for the potential risks they might encounter. By teaching kids how to handle situations through hands-on practice, they are better equipped to handle the situation if it actually arises.
A big topic at the preschool level is fire safety. Kids need to learn how to prevent fires — not playing with matches, watching out for open flames — and what to do if a fire starts. This includes having an escape plan, crawling low to escape and learning to stop, drop and roll. A visit to a fire station or a firefighter as a guest speaker are two activities that go well with this preschool safety topic. You should also teach the kids how and when to dial 911.
Car and Road Safety
Another potential danger for preschoolers is an injury either in a vehicle or getting hit by a vehicle. Kids need to learn about buckling up and riding in car seats while in the car. They should also learn about playing outdoors safely by staying away from roads and parked cars. Discuss how to safely cross the road.
Most preschoolers love to swim or play in the water, but they are also at risk for drowning. Even with swimming lessons, preschoolers should never swim alone. Remind kids they need to stay away from water unless a parent or other adult is right with them and gives them permission. Walking along the pool is also a water safety skill to teach the preschoolers.
Teaching kids about unknown adults takes a delicate approach. Teaching “stranger danger” may cause the preschoolers to think that anyone they don’t know is dangerous. Emphasize that many people the kids don’t know are safe and nice, but you can’t always tell. Teach them about suspicious behaviors, such as asking the child to go with them or telling them they have something really cool to show them. Help the preschoolers identify safe adults from whom they could get help, such as a police officer, store employee or trusted adults they know. Discuss and practice what to do if someone tries to abduct them. Teach them to say no, run away, yell and get help from an adult.