When our kids are young, we spend a lot of time and money making the house safe for them. We never leave their side, so we can try to protect them from every little bump, bang, and bounce. We do everything we can to keep them safe and keep them safe. But as much as we would like to, we can not always keep our kids safe by wrapping them in cotton wool.
This article will discuss some things you can do to keep yourself and your family safe.
Helping your kids stay safe at home
We can teach our kids many useful skills from a young age to help them stay safe at home. But the most important thing is not just to teach your children how to do these things, but to show them how to do them and then practice them repeatedly until your child can do them on their own. Regularly acting out the following situations is a good way to make sure they know how to handle the unexpected safely and effectively:
Teach them not to open the front door. Only their other parents or grandparents may be an exception to this rule unless doing so would be dangerous. Installing a Ring smart device can put your mind at ease, so you know when and who is at your door. Do not forget to think about things like pets or younger children. If they opened the door to their grandparents, would the dog or a fast-moving child be able to get out? One way to handle this is to tell your kids to knock on the window and wave to let the visitor know they saw them before coming to find you.
Keeping your home safe
No one should be able to get into your home unless you invite them in. Sadly, that is not always the case, and sometimes people break through your boundaries and get into your private space. Even the best burglars will always find a way in, but there are things you can do to make it much harder for them.
Get a dog. Not everyone can do this, but a dog can make it much harder for someone to break in, or at least make it, so they do not get very far if they try. Put up a “beware of the dog” sign if you have to. They will not know any better.
Meet the people who live around you. Having good neighbours will give you an extra set of eyes if you are away on vacation. They will notice anything out of the ordinary and can do things like put your trash cans out or clean out your mailbox.
Keep the bushes and trees around your house trimmed and cut back so that burglars do not have a place to hide.
Check that all windows and doors are closed and locked before going out or bed. Keep all exterior doors locked, even when you are home.
Make sure all of your windows and doors are in good shape. If you notice any cracks or signs of weakness, have them fixed or replaced right away.
Try to change what you do every day. If you leave and come back to the house at the same time every day, someone watching your house will quickly figure out when you are not there. If you can, stop by often, leave at different times, or ask a friend or neighbour to quickly check in with you at different times of the day.
Install CCTV. Even though it can not stop someone from breaking in unless it is constantly watched, CCTV installation that is easy to see may deter intruders, and if it doesn’t, it makes it easier to find out who they are and what happened.