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Summer Safety for Parents and Children

posted Jul 10, 2014, 10:30 AM by Scarborough Fire Department

By Sergeant Timothy Barker, Scarborough Police Dept.

 As the school year draws to a close, many parents are planning for their children’s summer activities. Whether they are spending the summer at home with parents, a nanny, or away from home at a summer camp, the Scarborough Police Department would like to share important safety tips with parents to help ensure that children are being cared for under the watchful eyes of trusted adults.

Know your child care providers.

Child care decisions are important both for you and your child. Take the time and research your options.  Obtain references and do background screening from people that you know.   If you are new to the area or would like information as to where to find qualified childcare options, the Department of Health and Human Services has information available on their website.  Please follow the following links to learn about the options that are available to you:

http://www.childcarechoices.me/SearchForChildcare.aspx. This is a link for child care options in your area.

http://www.maine.gov/dhhs/ocfs/ec/occhs/infoparents.htm#List.  This is a link for information for parents on Child and Family Services.

http://sor.informe.org.  This is a link for the Maine Sex Offender Registry. 

 Camps and Summer Programs:

 Ask if a background screening check is completed on the individuals working with the children. Make sure there will be adult supervision of your children at all times, and make sure you are made aware of all activities and field trips offered by the camp or program.

http://mainecamps.org/.  This is a link for Summer Kids Camps in Maine.

Communicate and Observe Your Children:

Prior to having your children watched for the day, or sending them off for a week, talk with them.  Tell them that what is expected and what they should know about what is acceptable communication from someone that is caring for them.  Be clear on what the boundaries are and what to do if these boundaries are crossed.  Encourage your kids to tell you or a trusted adult if someone else is making them feel uncomfortable, scared or confused.  Talk about their safety, and that of others.  Tell your child to be aware of others paying special attention to them or if they are befriending them.  

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