Whether your kids are home more due to virtual schooling or because summer is around the corner, there is always a chance of them getting into trouble. Making your home a secure environment can be done over time through a handful of best practices, including installing a security system, daily childproofing, and creating plans in the event of an emergency.
In recognition of National Safety Month, take a look at our three safety measure tips to help keep your family and loved ones safe at home.
1. Upgrade Your Home Security Practices
Your home is where you should feel safest. Upgrading basic home security such as a deadbolt and peephole to smart locking and cameras not only ward off intruders better, but it also helps you know exactly where your kids are and what they may be getting into. Consider investing in a reliable home security system to ensure you have an extra layer of protection that can even notify first responders if necessary. Additional home security features you may want for your family include installing a smart doorbell, motion-sensor lights around your property, and smart locks on doors.
If your windows are older, it may be time to replace the latches or even replace them altogether for better shielding. You can also plant prickly bushes underneath windows and help home security blend in with the aesthetic of your home. If you want to go the extra mile, think about adding a dog to the family! While they’re loved for bringing enjoyment to families and kids, they could save a life by guarding your home. This way, you’ll feel assured knowing you took the necessary safety precautions to make your home a safer place. You can even show your kids how to use the security system correctly in case they need to activate the panic alarm or disarm it.
2. Child Proof Inside Your Home
For younger children, it may be best to remind yourself of some essential childproofing measures you can do to each room in your home. Spending more time at home has caused a significant increase in home improvements for families, which means a higher risk of accidental injury.
Set up safety gates to block off any hazardous areas, keep household supplies including cleaners or medications locked away and out of reach, and anchor any heavy furniture to the wall. Like many parents, it may be in your best interest to have additional protection plans in place on your major appliances and systems by including home warranty services. Doing so can cover costly repairs and replacements as well as save you the stress and possible dangers of trying to fix it yourself. Taking these steps to childproof can help you feel more confident about your children’s safety moving forward.
3. Provide Essential Emergency Plans
The key to home safety is helping your kids become familiar with appropriate procedures in the event of an emergency. Keep a drawer of resources for them to easily reference during an emergency if needed. You’ll want to include instructions on emergency family contact information, and an escape plan they can practice in case of a fire. This kind of information is important for kids to know especially if you’re not there at home with them.
Taking additional safety measures to make your home a safe place inside and out is crucial to adjust to throughout your kid’s life. As you’re taking the time to improve these home features, teach your children every step of the way so that they can continue to make safe choices as they grow older too!