Keeping your family safe is the first priority for any Mother. We always assume we’ll be safe in our own homes, but this isn’t necessarily the case. There are plenty of things you can do to ensure your house is as safe and secure as it can possibly be. I’ve put together a list of vulnerable areas to your home, and the remedies you’ll need to protect your family.
Doors and Windows
This may sound obvious, but your doors and windows are places where access can be gained into your home. They are also the places where small children or pets could leave the safety of your home without you knowing. Always put the chain on the front door. Lots of us like to leave the door unlocked if we’re expecting someone to pop over, but this is a very high-risk thing to do.
The chain will give you a chance to determine who the caller at the door is and what they want. However, they are not designed to stop someone coming in. Usually, a strong push is enough to break them. They can also cause small hands to become shut in the door when the chain makes the door bounce back into the frame. Small animals like cats and bunnies may be able to squeeze through the gap and out into the yard too.
Keep your door locked. If you can’t unlock it from the other side with the key left in the lock, find a secure hanging place near to the door. In the event of a fire, you will need to be able to reach the key in the smoke-filled dark. Make sure it is still high enough that small children can’t reach it, though.
Windows should be locked at all times too. However, when ventilation is essential, use special ‘open locks’ to secure them. This prevents them being opened or closed. They may not be as strong as the frame itself so try not to leave your property with a window open. The gap should be so narrow that children cannot get their arm through. Dropping toys out of windows can lead to disaster from a top floor.
While you are inside your home, you probably know exactly where the kids are and what they’re up to. If you’re distracted by chores, why not invest in a nanny cam? These can be used in a wide variety of ways. You can watch what the kids are up to in the next room on your iPhone. It’s like having eyes in the back of your head!
You can also use it as a doorbell alert. Some models will alert your phone or start capturing video as people approach your front door. This saves you from going to the door if you don’t want to speak to the person on the other side. They may never know you are home. You can even set them up to the window and watch what is going on in your yard.
Best of all, a nanny cam allows you to see what is going on when someone else is taking care of your kids. Be sure to read all the nanny cam reviews you can find before deciding on the best model for your needs. They each have different functions and facilities. Price may be a factor too. But to be able to see what’s going on in your home from your own phone, the convenience is worth it.
Some rooms in your home are more hazardous than others. The bathroom is often a favorite place for the kids to mess about in. Make sure you have child-friendly locks installed on the door. This means you can easily unlock it should your child get stuck. When children are first toilet trained, they often want to try and do everything themselves. This can lead to blocked toilets and overflowing faucets. Being able to step in before disaster strikes is essential. Changing taps to the push type that stops after a second or two can avoid dangerous water spills. A toilet roll dispenser can also help avoid too much being put down at once to cause a blockage or dirty flood.
The perimeter of your property should also protect you at all times. Firstly, it acts as a second barrier to prevent intruders reaching your house. Secondly, it acts as an obstacle to your children and pets. The last thing you want is for them to be wandering up the street. Make sure all fencing is secure from under the ground to at least five feet. This will also provide you with some privacy from nosy neighbors!
You can move mounds of earth to raise the ground level by the fence to prevent gaps underneath. This will stop your dog or child crawling out. Make sure your gate is solid. Dogs can sometimes jump up at gates when people pass on the other side. If the panels are thin and weak, he might break through. Be sure to treat all your garden wood every year with preservative to keep it strong and sturdy.
Security flood lights are essential for any family house. They allow you to see that someone has entered your garden at night. The PIR sensor detects body heat and motion. They are equally handy to light your way up the path in the dark to avoid injury. Some are solar powered, meaning they cost you nothing to run once they are installed.
If you have any outbuildings like a shed or garage, be sure to keep them locked up tight. There could be dangerous items in there for your pets or kids. If security looks slack, it might attract burglars to enter your property. Be sure to put off thieves any way you can. Signs about guard dogs or security cameras can help. Even dummy alarm casings on the building can be a deterrent.
Make sure you keep your family and possessions safe and secure this winter. Just a few checks and changes can help give you peace of mind. Stay safe.