Angry Kids Safety Checklist for Parents

By Charles Fay, Ph.D.

Does he/she have access to guns, knives, etc.?

  • We've searched our home.
  • Relatives, friends, neighbors have been alerted.

Are we providing adequate supervision?

  • He/she is not being left home alone.

Are other children safe?

  • He/she is not sleeping in the same room as other children.
  • We make sure that someone is watching when he/ she is around other kids.

Are the pets safe?

  • We have found another place for our pets to live until our child is better.

Do we really know what's in his/her room?

  • We have searched his/her room and will do so on a daily basis.
  • This child is not carrying a backpack, bag, etc., in and out of the house.

Have we removed...or locked up...other potentially dangerous items?

  • All medications.
  • Tools in the garage and other places.
  • Kitchen utensils.
  • Cleaning supplies.
  • Oil, gas, WD-40, hair spray, lighters, etc.
  • Any ammunition (e.g., bullets, shotgun shells)
  • Personal hygiene items, such as toothbrushes, shampoo, mouthwash, etc.
  • Car keys.
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Might he/she try to poison us?

  • We have locks on our refrigerator and food cabinets.

Do we have working smoke detectors and fire extinguishers?

  • We check them at least weekly to make sure they are operating.

Are we in danger at night?

  • We have installed alarms on interior and exterior doors.

Will he/she use the internet for destructive purposes?

  • We lock the computer when it isn't in use.

Are our valuables safe?

  • We have put our most cherished possessions in storage.

What else might this child get into and use for harm?

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