A parent should take extra precautions in dealing with home security when there are kids in the house. Warn your kids of possible dangers inside and outside the home, then teach them what they can do to stay safe.
According to Wikipedia, the 2002 Census survey reported that 5.8 million (15%) of all children between the ages of five and fourteen years old spent between 2-9 hours home alone weekly.
These children are three times more likely to be victimized than supervised kids. So what can you do? Invest in a good home security system. There are many good brands out there, just make sure you get one that is monitored 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This will guarantee that the proper authorities are notified in case your alarm goes off. FBI statistics show that a home with a home security system is 15 times less likely to be burglarized.
After teaching your child the proper use of the home security system, make sure you discuss other home security basics with them.
Home Security Safety Tips
- Have a wireless keypad on your garage door so your child can get in the house quickly. This eliminates the risk of them losing their key, or someone taking it.
- In case of emergency, make sure your child knows how to call 911.
- Make sure your child knows who to contact if they need help or are afraid.
- Make sure your child has a phone number where you can be reached.
- Make sure your child knows their full name, address, and phone number.
- Make sure all doors and windows are locked, dead bolted if possible. This includes the door inside the garage that leads into the house.
- Make sure your child knows not to answer the phone or door unless they know its family or a close, safe friend.
- Make sure your child knows not to mention that they’re home alone.
- Make sure your child knows not to take a bath or shower while they’re alone. Accidents do happen.
- Make sure your child knows not to use the stove, washing machine or other appliances when alone.
- If your child must be home alone, you should make sure there is sufficient lighting outside the house so they can see outside without going out.
You can help your child become more responsible and protect themselves in a variety of situations by teaching them about safety at a young age. By following these safety tips, you’ll have safer home security for your kids as well as better home security overall.