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Your Child's Safety

Your child may need some help staying safe.
Read this page for tips on keeping your child safe. Click on the links or scroll down to see how you can keep your child safe.

Plan ahead
Fire safety
Water safety
Be street smart
Sign safety
Stay away from strangers
Internet safety

Plan ahead

Have a communication plan ready in case there's an emergency:

  • Make sure your child knows who to call and how in case of an emergency.
  • Talk about how to contact an interpreter if your child needs one.
  • Make sure your child carries a card with emergency numbers with him at all times.
  • Make sure your child's school, coaches, and child care providers know how to reach you.
  • Prepare an emergency kit with water, flashlights, hearing aid batteries, and other things your child may need.
  • Make sure your home is safe inside and outside.
  • Practice the plan with your family.
  • Teach your child to be independent.

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Fire safety

  • Use fire alarms in your home that flash lights and are sound activated.
  • Check your alarms once a month or more to make sure they're working.
  • Plan escape routes ahead of time. Talk about what to do in case of a fire.
  • Think of ways to communicate to your child that there's a fire.

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Water safety

  • Ask your township for an interpreter for your child's swimming lessons.
  • Make sure there's a way your child can communicate with the lifeguard on duty.
  • Talk to your child about how hearing aids and cochlear implants won't work in the water.

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Be street smart

Kids think that if they can see a car, the driver can see them. They also have trouble understanding how fast a car is going. Your child may not hear the sounds of cars coming towards her. Teach your child to be street smart:

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  • Stop at the curb and look in all directions before you cross the street.
  • Cross at corners using traffic signals and crosswalks if you live in a city.
  • Never walk into the street from behind a car, tree, or large object.
  • Never run into a street without stopping, even for a ball or your dog!
  • Walk or ride a bike facing traffic, so you can see cars coming towards you.
  • Watch for cars that are turning or backing up.
  • Pay attention to others and watch when they move out of the way.
  • Carry a flashlight when it's dark.
  • Wear bright clothing.
  • Use reflective lights on your bike.

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Sign safety

  • Some parents of kids with hearing loss choose to have a sign put up on their street that says: "Caution Deaf Child" or "Deaf Children at Play." If drivers see this sign, they may slow down or be more alert.
  • Other parents choose not to use these signs because they want to protect their child's privacy. They worry about what may happen if others find out their child is deaf.
  • For more information on having a sign put up, contact your township.

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Stay away from strangers

  • Never leave your young child alone anywhere - not in a car, home, or public place.
  • Make sure your child learns her address very early, and can tell people how to get in touch with you in an emergency.
  • Teach your child how to make a collect phone call on the TTY or TDD, and to say or type, "I need help."
  • Don't let your child wear clothing or other things with her name on it.
  • Make sure your child knows to scream and run from anyone who is trying to grab or hurt her.
  • Practice with a friend your child does not know. Ask your friend to grab your child or try to get her to go somewhere with him.
  • Tell your child to always let you know right away if a stranger asks her for help, gives her candy or gifts, or scares her in any way.
  • Teach your child to use mirrors and windows on buildings to watch her reflection and see who's behind her.
  • Read more Child Safety Tips.

If you think your child is missing:

  • Try to stay calm.
  • Ask your neighbors, family, and friends if anyone knows where your child is or if they've seen her.
  • Check in places where your child may not be able to hear you well.
  • Call your city's emergency hotline and file a missing persons report. Find out what the TTY/TDD number is for 9-1-1 from your local police station.
  • Read these tips from Team H.O.P.E.

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Internet safety

  • Never give out personal information, like your child's address, picture, password, or phone number.
  • Tell your child to let you know right away if she gets any strange messages, emails, or sees something she doesn't like.
  • Be on the lookout for emails that have different addresses than the ones she usually sends mail to.
  • Make sure she knows never to promise to meet with someone she met online.

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