As a parent, it is your sacred duty to ensure that your family is safe whether it’s at home, school, or park. Most parents are usually concerned about the well-being of their children alone, forgetting that safety or security is a large part of their well-being.
The first thing you need to figure out is where they spend most of their time. That would give you insight into where you need to focus on very important systems.
For example, our homes have become much more than just places for shelter where you can relax and have family time together as such more distractions abound. As families continue to work and learn from home due to the pandemic, it is more important for parents to not only educate their children but also take the lead in ensuring their safety.
During these periods, there would be distractions inside the home alongside safety risks that might go unnoticed. That’s why we’ve put together safety tips for parents that’d ensure the family is safe.
Babyproof Your Home
A great way to ensure that your family is safe and reduce the risk of injury in the house is to make some physical changes. That’s what’s known as baby proofing and no, it’s not for babies alone. As long as you’ve got a kid in the house, this is important.
Take a look at the apartment and search for things or what may pose risks and hazards then remove it. Where possible, you might need to add safety products in strategic locations around the house to lower the chances of injury. Say for instance the table in the sitting room has sharp corners, attaching corner covers would be quite helpful or just simply remove the table.
You could either get safety products or rearrange the house so you have a safe environment. Parents who are building their houses or have plans for a renovation can easily implement or incorporate safety features early enough. Not only do you get to lay the right foundations, including safety features during the design stage will be more economical than trying to make amends at a later time. Remember baby proofing isn’t for babies alone but if you do have a growing infant, the time to start making adjustments is before your baby even starts crawling.
Install Security Systems
Security Systems are essentials that should be installed in your house as soon as possible if you haven’t already. Several people think it’s basically to help keep intruders out of your home but it also helps to in a way protect your family too.
Two very important systems would help ensure your safety. The first is the alarm system, the one that makes noises when someone passes through when they’re not supposed to while the other is high definition CCTV camera systems which are specific to install motion-sensor video CCTV cameras that can notify you of unusual movements rather than only recording onto a storage drive.
Get a Dog
Everyone knows that pets are generally great, but not all can serve as a protector that can keep your family safe to a good extent. Reports and statistics are showing how helpful dogs can be in protecting humans. Little wonder why it’s been known as man’s best friend.
You should get a big dog or better still you can go for a small one that’d grow into a big dog over time. They serve as companions and protectors to your family. It’s a plus if you can afford a trainer to get them prepared for the task at hand.
Do Not Joke With Safety Catchers and Locks
We all have chemicals in the house and most of them are quite dangerous. They can be cleaning products used to keep the kitchen, laundry, and cabinets clean. Whenever you use them, do ensure you put them away immediately after use, stored in a cupboard that’s properly locked and it’s at a height above 1.5 meters.
If there are no locks on your cupboards, don’t hesitate to get any of the various locks, latches, or catches you can attach to different types of drawers, shelves, or cupboards. When you’re dealing with dangerous substances, plastic crockeries won’t cut it, you’d need a magnetic lock or elbow catch for better protection.
Have a Secret Code
Come up with a family code word that only people you trust well enough can have access to. It’s those sets of persons that you can entrust with your kids in your absence. Teach your children never to go with anyone who doesn’t know or can’t say the secret code. The word should be changed if too many people are on it.
As you have rightly guessed, these can’t be all you need to ensure your family is safe but it’s a great place to begin from.