We’re busy parents. Whether we’re single or we have a partner to help us look after the little ones, there are times when we have to ask our friends to take our children home from school or we expect our children to get home safely by themselves. This isn’t always possible and it depends on your neighborhood, but it’s hard to ever feel safe when we leave our children at home.
But to help you feel a little more secure when your children are at home, here are a couple of safety tips to practice to help keep your children safe when they’re home alone.
Notify Your Neighbors
If your neighbors know that your children will be home alone, they’ll be more inclined to worry when they notice something is off, such as a strange man knocking on your front door or the lights being off in their rooms. As long as you have a good relationship with your neighbor, they’ll be able to watch out for the most glaring safety problems and you can feel safe knowing that you have a trusted friend keeping watch of the house.
Tell Your Children to Head Straight Home
The last thing you want is for people to approach your children and ask them if they’re lost. Whenever possible, tell your children to head straight home from school. If possible, have your children go home with their friends or with your neighbors if they also have children that go to the same school. The worst thing that can happen is that your children are hurt, injured or suffer an accident when they don’t go home straight away. In these cases, however, you can seek justice and representation for your personal injury case. Whether it’s a dog that attacked your children or someone that was recklessly driving and cause your children harm, you should always follow these claims and try to get as much information as possible to build a claim.
Following this incident, it might be worth taking some time off work to ensure that your children won’t run into any further troubles, or perhaps adjusting your schedule so that you can pick up and take your children to school yourself.
Install Security Systems
If you have the money to do so, installing a security system into your home is the best way to ensure the safety of your children while you are at work. For example, you could get CCTV systems that connect to the internet so that you can view the camera feeds at home. That way you can ensure that no one suspicious is knocking at your door and you can keep an eye on your children at all times.
Unplug and Hide Dangerous Items
Things such as weapons, sharp objects and electrical appliances that are dangerous should be hidden away at all costs. For example, if your home contains weapons then keep them safely locked away in a cabinet that only you have access to. If there are dangerous appliances, then ensure they are all switched off before you leave the home and that you teach your children not to play with those appliances. Let your children know that the kitchen is out of bounds, and consider placing safety locks on drawers and doors.