Featured Article: Literature and Safety Education

by | Jun 15, 2021 | Featured Article | 0 comments

Literature is vital for safety education, and creative means are essential for children’s appreciation of it.

Safety is essential for everyone, especially children and those working in hazardous environments. Accidents and untoward incidents causing distress, anxiety, and injuries can happen. However, we can prevent these things from happening if we are careful and have safety education. With safety education, we can also lessen the possibility of an accident or crisis. And literature plays a significant role in educating people, especially children, on safety and crisis management. Creative literature is vital in ensuring that children are aware of safety at a very early age. The earlier the children this ‘safety first’ mindset, the sooner the world becomes safer and accident-free.

Safety Education is Everywhere

Safety Education is essential in our day-to-day lives. It is also present everywhere. When we are at home, we follow certain safety precautions. When we go out and walk the streets, it is crucial that we follow traffic signs and observes traffic rules. In school, there are safety rules as well. When we travel, whether by car, plane, or ship, there are still safety rules. In our communities, workplaces, and public areas, safety is constantly observed by everyone. And we are aware of these measures and guidelines because of safety education. We acquired this through shared knowledge, seminars, orientations, briefings, or information handed to us. As children, we learned basic safety education in school and through instructions by our parents and guardians. Without safety education, our society would be in chaos. There will be many accidents, and people will get hurt. Without safety education, the order in schools, workplaces, and even public places is impossible to achieve. That is why safety education is vital, and literature plays an essential role in making sure that people are well-informed, especially the young.

Literature and Safety Education

Safety Educations comes in many forms and at different levels. The trick is to be creative to ensure that its readers absorb the information. Education is also more effective when given at an early age. Children’s literature is an excellent platform for spreading information and instructions related to safety education. Children’s illustrated books are pleasant to the eyes, easy to remember, and can be carried around anywhere. Some of the most effective information dissemination campaigns involve colorful illustrations and text with easy-to-read instructions. This is the same with children’s books featuring short stories related to safety. Early education (including various safety measures and proper conduct) begins at home and in school. Children’s books are essential tools for parents and teachers to equip children with knowledge and appreciation for safety as they go out into the real world.

Safety Education Children’s Books

Below are some children’s books that talk about safety education in various topics and interests. These kid’s illustrated books are beneficial in spreading knowledge and information for safety awareness.

  • Katie and Kenny Tour the Railroad by Keith Niles Corman (about safety in railroads and train stations)
  • Look Left, Look Right, Look Left Again by Ginger Pate (a book about crossing the street)
  • I Can Be Safe: A First Look at Safety by Pat Thomas (book on general safety- in school, in the playground, on the streets, etc.)
  • Arthur’s Fire Drill by Marc Brown (a safety book on what to do in case of fire)
  • Quake, Rattle, and Roll by CHLA’s Safety Officer, Santiago D. Chambers, Helen Arbogast, and illustrated by Kris Wimberly (a book earthquake safety measures and protocols)
  • I Won’t Go With Strangers by Marliese Arold ( book on personal safety for kids)

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