Google+ Authentic Parenting: Five Easy Ways to Create a Safer Home (rerun)

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Five Easy Ways to Create a Safer Home (rerun)

Content provided by Alex S.

It is common to hear a news story every evening about a home lost to a fire or a home that was burglarized or invaded by criminals while the owners were vacationing. When homeowners hear those stories, they want to take steps to improve safety in and around their own homes, but they are often at a loss on how to get started.

Keeping your kids safe in your home, image: LouisvilleUSA

1. Check the Perimeter 
A simple walk around the home outside will reveal different things that could easily become a safety hazard. Take a pen and notebook and write down things while asking pertinent questions. Is it too dark along a sidewalk or stairs at night? Are there any motion lights to illuminate both guests and intruders? Are there bushes or hedges that need trimmed to eliminate hiding areas for criminal activity?

2. Check Inside the Home 
Ask the same questions used for the perimeter check along with ones specific to indoor security. Are the locks on the doors adequate to deny access to a determined intruder? Could a person just break the glass on a door and unlock the lock from the inside? Is there a carbon monoxide detector on every level? Does each floor and every bedroom have a working smoke detector? Do family members know how to safely answer the door and even the phone?

3. Addressing Specific Hazards 
Are there any electrical hazards such as overloaded outlets or lack of ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) plugs for outdoor outlets and bathrooms? What safety protocols are rigorously followed for burning candles in the home? Is there a fire escape plan implemented with regular fire drills?

4. Addressing Community Hazards 
Is the home in an area where there are climate, geological or man-made threats? Some homes have nearby railways that transport dangerous chemicals thus requiring an evacuation plan for the home's occupants. Some may live close to a nuclear reactor or chemical plant that has specific instructions for residents in case of an emergency. Earthquake, tornado and hurricane zones have their own safety protocols.

5. Home Security System
Last but definitely not least is the early warning potential of a new wireless alarm such as the ones available at Statistics have proven that homes with monitored alarm systems are safer. The system can include perimeter protection, smoke and carbon monoxide detection and even wireless security cameras.

The latest features allow control of the system through a smartphone with the ability to see what the security cameras at home see. The new systems offer great peace of mind, especially for those who must leave pets at home or have children who get home before Mom and Dad do. A few simple steps can make any home safer.



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