Whether you have a demanding job or too many errands to take care of, leaving your kids unsupervised is nerve racking, but sometimes necessary. Obviously, hiring a babysitter is an easy solution, but it can be costly. You might have a child who is old enough to take care of their self to some degree or a child who is capable of watching over the younger ones, but you still don’t want to leave the kids alone for too long. What can you do to make sure your kids stay safe while you’re out of the house? Following these tips will help make your children’s’ time alone danger free:
Teach them to never answer the door without an adult at home
Pretending to be a solicitor or visitor is a rudimentary technique perpetrators use to enter houses. Leaving the doorbell unanswered eliminates this source of danger.
Make a list of emergency contacts readily available
Put your preferred emergency contacts’ phone numbers on a piece of paper, and stick the paper on your refrigerator. Mom, dad, trusted neighbors, grandma, grandpa, and best friends’ parents all make good names for the list. In case anything scary starts to happen, your children will know exactly who to call and how to do it.
Keep the garage door locked and secured
The garage is a common entry point for burglars, so make sure the door is locked and secure while you’re out of the house. Also make sure your children know to never open it.
Prepare food before you go
If you’re gone for even a couple hours, it’s likely your children will get hungry. By leaving something in the refrigerator they can eat immediately, you lower the risk of a child hurting themselves trying to use kitchen appliances.
Hide away your sharp objects
Kids are creative and they like to invent games, and sometimes they’re tempted to incorporate dangerous props. Keeping devices like large kitchen knives in a secret place is a good idea, in addition to the usual advice about being careful around things with sharp points and edges.
Monitor Your Home
Arming your home with a monitored home security system can ensure that you and your emergency contacts are notified of threats made to your property, and it will also give you a way to keep an eye on what’s happening at the house.
LiveWatch home security systems allow you to peek into your home using your phone to make sure your children are playing safe. Our security experts are available to help you customize a system that fits your family’s needs.