Summer is upon us in the City of Cleveland. As we look forward to attending festivals and gatherings, we need to take into consideration some safety precautions when it comes to our kids. Summer festivities draw large crowds, which can be intimidating to small children. Within seconds and without warning, you can lose sight of your child. In the spirit of National Missing Children’s Day 2012, we urge parents to:
Hold your child’s hand, keep an eye on him or her at all times.
Keep babies and toddlers in a stroller; they are contained and easy to keep track of.
For older children, designate a meeting place should you become separated.
If you are bringing along children who are not your own, consider writing your phone number on their hand or arm, or place a piece of paper with your phone number on it in their pocket should they become separated from you.
Encourage children to approach a police officer or a person in uniform for help if they are lost.
When we take the time to prepare, we lessen the likelihood of a child becoming missing.