Safety For The Family Home
Safety For The Family Home
When one is young and unmarried, safety and security are often not important considerations, however, once married, an individual suddenly has someone else’s safety to be concerned about. When there is also a baby and perhaps other young family members in the house, a responsible adult’s outlook on safety and security often changes dramatically.
Remember to take into account the fact that safety does not only refer to physical safety. It also refers to the emotional safety of loved ones. It is a known fact that children who do not feel secure in their environment often carry this insecurity over to the classroom and through to their interactions with fellow students and teachers. A wife who has to spend long hours alone at home in an unprotected environment, which she perceives to be unsafe, will certainly not be a happy and confident person.
What can be done?
Home security systems
Potential threats must be kept in proportion and there is no need to go overboard and become a “doomsday prepper.” Scaring young children day in and day out with stories of burglars who could at any moment enter the house and attack them, will only turn them into fearful individuals who are too scared to go about their normal lives. Instead, take a responsible and mature approach to the matter. After taking into account the risk factors inherent in the neighborhood, install an appropriate home security system, ensuring that everyone in the household knows how to activate and deactivate it.
Once a home security system has been installed, do not become overly relaxed and leave valuable items lying around the house, especially when the property is unattended. Jewelry or a laptop sitting on the dining room table that is clearly visible from a window, will act like a magnet for would-be intruders. A fireproof safe for valuables and important documents should also form one of the basic components of any home security system.
The second level of defense is to invest in motion-activated security lights around the perimeter of the property. This is a simple but very effective deterrent to keep potential intruders away. Internal timer-controlled lights that go on and off at certain intervals are also a great way to deter intruders when homeowners are absent.
A basic burglar alarm will go a long way toward protecting any property against intruders: if the alarm is connected to a control room 24/7, so much the better. Make sure there is a sign placed out front which clearly states that the property is protected by a security alarm. This fact alone will no doubt deter many potential burglaries.
For people with children at home, one or more CCTV cameras might be an excellent idea. Not only is this an excellent way to monitor unauthorized access to the property, but also knowing what the children are up to can provide great peace of mind. The same is true for individuals who have elderly parents living with them.
Security is not all about intruders: installing one or more smoke/carbon monoxide detectors inside a property can potentially save lives if a fire were to break out. The detector can be connected to the same company that monitors the burglar alarm.
As always, best to be safe rather than sorry when it comes to your family.
**Author’s Bio: Dave Stephenson is a dedicated internet blogger that loves to write about lifestyle and the world, covering topics including family, health, and pets, all the way through to technology, media and travel.**