Being safe in the home is very important when it comes to caring for your family.
You want to be assured that, when you are in your home, you are protected from threats and potential problems. There are a range of security measures that you can take to ensure that you and your family are safe, including installing home security systems, investing in security screens for your windows and having security cameras installed in your home.
While a home security system is a great thing for giving you peace of mind, you can never assume that your kids are going to be able to stay safe at home – even with these protective measures in place. It’s vital that you take an extra step and train your kids in home security habits so that they can stay safe at home, even if you’re not there.
Here are some of the key home security habits that we recommend to ensure that your kids are safe at home.
Always lock the door
This might seem a little bit redundant, but it’s at the top of the list for a reason:
You can’t be safe without making sure that all the methods for safety are being used! It’s pointless to have a beautiful screen door if your kids aren’t locking it when they come and go. Make sure that your kids know that they have to lock the door every single time – no exceptions.
While you would hope that everyone would know what to do in the event of an emergency, there’s always the chance that something unpredictable could happen and something could go wrong. If you get broken into at night, what do you do? Where do people go? If you have a training session with your family wherein you discuss what the best course of action is for a range of situations, you will have greater peace of mind in knowing that everyone can manage a range of potential problems.
It’s great to have a fancy security door, but it’s pretty pointless if your kids are happy to unlock it for someone who says that they need to come in. Make sure your kids know that if they don’t know the person that it is never OK to let them into the house, and that they have to call a parent or guardian to talk to the person. If no one is home, tell your kids to lie and say that their parents are sleeping, and to come back later.
Often, kids will be out playing in the yard and people will say hello over the fence, or stop to chat. This is harmless and usually no problem – but you need to make sure that your kids know never to get too close to a stranger who has stopped – especially if they have a car nearby. It’s far safer to just say hello over the fence and to continue playing.
Set the alarm
Most modern alarms will have the ability to be partially set in the home so that family can be upstairs and the downstairs section of the home will be alarmed – which means that they will be aware if anyone tries to enter the property. Make sure your kids know how to set the alarm partially, and also how to send a distress call with the alarm if needed.
Have a back up
If your kids feel threatened and they are home alone, you need to have a person other than yourself or your partner/guardian that they can call in case they can’t get you.
Don’t stress things too much with your kids.
After all, things are usually safe in most neighbourhoods in Australia, and it’s important not to give your kids a complex! Just make sure that everyone knows what to do in the event of an emergency, and to make sure that the house alarm is set when you leave the house – every time.