Home Security and Safety Tips now for Children
You have done everything that you can to help protect your children all of their lives. They are the most important thing in your home. Helping protect your children is one of the most important aspects of home security. As they grow older they will start to gain some independence and be able to be put into different situations safely. One of the most important steps in the process is when they are first old enough to be left at home alone. No parent really wants to leave their kids at home alone. But it sometimes is the only option for single parents who work. You may not have enough time to hire a babysitter if there is an emergency, or it may be too costly to hire one every day after your kids get home from school.
Older children usually do not have problems being home alone. But there are some extra steps that you should take as a parent to make sure that they are safe when they are home alone. An educated child will know what to do if there is an emergency situation. Knowing how to react ahead of time to a situation is the best way to remain safe. That is why it is important to take the following steps when trying to keep your kids safe while they are home alone.
- Make sure they understand how to use the home security system – Your children should understand how to turn on and off the system properly so they do not accidentally trigger a false alarm.
- Practice – Practice what to do in case of certain situations. Teach them where to go and what to do if there is a fire or if a stranger is at the door. They will be more likely to react properly to a given situation if it has been rehearsed.
- Make a list – Make sure that your child has a list of important phone numbers to contact in case of emergency. This list should include the fire department, police department, poison control line, 911 and a neighbor that you trust with your children.
- No answering the door – Make sure your child does not answer the door if it is anyone they do not know.
- Make sure they are mature enough – It is recommended that you wait until your child is at least 12 years old before they are left at home alone. Some may not even be ready by this age. The more responsible that they are with their schoolwork and chores, the more responsible they are going to be when left at home alone.
- Check in on them – Call as often as possible while you are away at work. It is important to check in on them as much as possible. Also, set up a time for them to call you so that you can make sure that they are okay. Constant communication is one of the keys to keeping your children safe at all times.
Many of these suggestions may seem obvious to you. You may be surprised that some parents do not know to do some of these things when leaving their children at home alone. It never hurts to be sure that your children know how to react whether there is a fire, break-in or any other kind of emergency in your home when you are not there. They should know who to contact and how to use the security system properly.
You may want to consider a home security system that is easy for children to learn how to use. There are many reviews of home security products available on the internet to help guide you through your decision. Contact Protect Your Home today. We can work with your budget to design a security system that is right for you and your family.