Education - Teach your child his/her personal information (name, number, address, parents' names) and about safety rules.
Wearable identification - Not all children are at the point where they can memorize personal information or understand safety rules. An alternative is some sort of identification (bracelets, shoe tags, temporary tattoos).
Tracking devices - You can check with local law enforcement for Project Lifesaver or Lojack SafetyNet services. These devices are worn on either the wrist or ankle and use radio frequency or GPS systems are also available.
Secure Your Home - There are safety precautions you can take at home, such as installing 2-sided deadbolts, a home alarm system, battery-operated door and window alarms and out-of-reach door latches. If you have a backyard make sure there is a well-built fence so your child can't escape. Print out stop signs and put them on exits (exterior doors, windows, gates).
Teach Your Child to Swim - This is a great precaution if your child's wandering occurs around water. There are many locations that have swimming lessons specifically for children with special needs.
Alert Neighbors - Introduce your child to your neighbors. Give them your child's personal information. Ask them to alerte you if they see your child unaccompanied outside of the home.
Be prepared with key information before an incident occurs. Taking precautions and being prepared are key in keeping your child safe.
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