Good parents worry about their kids constantly — whether they are happy and healthy, and importantly, whether they are safe from harm. Unfortunately, all sorts of harm can befall children when they are in their own homes, but many parents ignore or overlook serious threats, putting their kids at constant risk.
Making a home safer and secure for kids doesn’t have to break your budget. Here are a few key ways to increase your home’s safety, DIY-style.
Install Smart Security
Smart home security is the latest and greatest development in keeping your home safe from outside threats. Like other smart tech, smart security tools like cameras, doorbells and door locks connect to your home Wi-Fi network and send alerts to your devices to keep you informed about the goings-on around your home.
Within the security community, experts are divided on whether smart security solutions are better or worse than traditional security services. On one hand, smart security is much more affordable and gives users unique control over their home security; a basic smart home security bundle costs about $200 and gives you unlimited access to your smart devices. On the other hand, most smart security systems require users to monitor their security themselves, which many people cannot do 24/7. You should look into the costs and benefits of smart security for your family and home to give yourself the best protection possible.
Manage Your Locks
Locks are the most basic security tool you have, and you should make ample use of them to keep your kids safe. First, you should consider changing the locks around the exterior of your home, especially if you haven’t done so since you moved in. There is no telling how many keys to your property are floating around thanks to generous previous owners, and you don’t want anyone stumbling into your home without permission. You can learn how to rekey a lock yourself for much less than it costs to hire a locksmith.
Next, you should make good use of locks to keep your kids out of potentially hazardous rooms or cupboards. For example, bathrooms can be exceedingly treacherous places for young kids to venture on their own; they can easily drown in the toilet or bathtub, and they can be poisoned by soaps and cleaning agents stored on counters or under sinks. It is best to keep your bathroom locked until kids are old enough to know better. You should also consider locking your shed (or wherever you store your garden tools and supplies) and any closets that contain dangerous tools or chemicals.
Locks only work if you use them. When you are done using a particularly hazardous room or item, you should remember to lock it up. Otherwise, having locks in your home won’t keep your kids any safer.
Maintain Your Landscape
A poorly kept yard attracts the notice of opportunistic burglars, who take advantage of overgrown trees and shrubs to hide their nefarious deeds. Additionally, unkempt landscapes signal to thieves and home intruders that the family inside isn’t particularly diligent about their property, so they are less likely to keep their home locked tight. Simply for security reasons, it is wise to spend at least a weekend per month doing yard work.
Yet, yard work is also important for keeping your children safe during play. An overgrown yard hides all sorts of dangers, including sharp tools which playing kids might step or fall on. Plenty of weeds cause extreme allergic reactions or can be toxic, so keeping this flora out of your yard is imperative. You can even get your kids involved in lawn and garden care, so you can have more family time even while you are doing chores.
Know Your Neighbors
Finally, you should take some time to get to know the people who live around you. Being friendly with your neighbors provides all sorts of benefits, but it especially serves to make your community tighter-knit and safer because your neighbors will know whom to look for around your property — and whom to call the cops on. Plus, you might be able to trust your neighbors with childcare during emergencies, when you can’t be home to watch your kids.
You can’t make the world 100-percent safe for your little ones, but you can make their home safer by paying attention to regular dangers. If you take these steps to make your property more safe and secure, you should be able to ease your worries — at least some of the time.
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