Safety Tips For Kids Left Home Alone
July 25th, 2019
In a perfect world, parents would have every second to devote to making sure their kids were totally protected. But let’s be honest – there are times when you simply can’t be there. Whether you’re at work, an appointment, or running errands, you may face a moment when you have to leave your kids alone at home.
When that happens, you still want to make sure that your kids are safe. There are several steps that are worth taking that can do just that, and with them in mind you should be able to give yourself a bit more peace of mind when it comes to the safety of your children. Here’s a rundown of what to remember.
Have An Additional Emergency Contact
Establish an emergency contact you can trust. Whether it’s a neighbor or a family member, your kids should have at least one person outside the home that you both trust that they can reach if something happens that makes you unreachable. This works both ways, and you can contact that emergency person if you can’t reach the kids.
Have Strict Rules About Answering The Door
Your children should know when to open the door and when not to. Even if it looks like a repairman or someone similar, it could be a criminal. Teach your kids how to know when to open the door. And for added protection, invest in a video doorbell that lets you see who’s knocking via your smartphone app.
Invest In A Security System
Speaking of a front doorbell camera, if you really want to maximize peace of mind, investing in a total security system is a good idea. Security cameras keep the exterior of your home safe, and one or two inside can let you monitor kids’ activities during the time you’re not there.
Teach Your Kid To Do A Home Check
Before they enter the home, teach your kid to do a spot-check for things like an open door, a broken window, and more. If they see signs of a break in, they should contact help before entering.
Talk About Kitchen Safety
Kids need to eat and need to snack. But that doesn’t mean that they should have full run of the kitchen. Lay out clear ground rules about what they can and can’t do in the kitchen – stovetop and oven cooking should only be for older, very responsible kids.
Have Kids Check In
When your kids get home from school, they should check in with you. And throughout the day, you should have check-in times set up as well. This can be as simple as a text message, but is important for your peace of mind and their safety.
If you’ll keep these tips in mind, your kids will be safe and sound whenever they’re home alone. And to make sure they’re protected, be sure you invest in the right security system. Our team can help you get exactly the system that you need, so don’t hesitate to contact DWS Tech today to get your initial consultation.