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France - Safety Tips

If you are caught outside during a thunderstorm, do not stand underneath a tall isolated tree or a telephone pole, as lightning may strike. Do not stand on top of a hillside. If you are in a forest, seek shelter under a thick growth of small trees. In open areas, seek a low place, like a ravine or valley. Go into a squatting position so your body only makes a small target. Get away from open water, tractors and other metal farm equipment or small metal vehicles like motorcycles, bicycles, golf carts, etc. Stay away from wire fences, clothes lines, metal pipes and rails. If you are in a group in the open, spread out.
If you feel your hair standing up, lightning may be about to strike you. Drop to your knees and bend forward, putting you hands on your knees. Do not lie flat on the ground. (Then you are a bigger target. Always make yourself as 'small' as possible)
If struck by lightning, you receive a severe electrical shock and may be burned. Someone who appears to have been killed by lightning can often be revived by prompt action.

To keep children safe, it's a good idea to prepare them in advance.
Teach children their name, address, telephone number and parents' names
Tell them that if it doesn't feel right, it's OK to say NO
Tell them not to get into the car or walk with a stranger. If your child has to be picked up by someone else, make sure you have agreed on a secret code, so they can identify the person correctly.
Tell them not to let a stranger take a picture of them.
Tell them not to approach a car if somebody is asking for directions or claims of having lost a pet.
Do not have your child wear clothing or anything else where the name is visible.
As parents, we should listen to our children carefully and watch for any warning signs they may be giving us indirectly. Make sure you know your children's friends, teachers etc.

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