There comes a pivotal point in a child’s life where they no longer need a babysitter, but it can still be nerve wrecking to leave them home alone. That transition period can be made easier with a few simple ways to keep your kids safe when you aren’t around.
While it is very likely your child has a key to the house, it is also very likely that key may get lost or forgotten. In this situation you don’t want your little one left outside until you get home, especially when those Phoenix temperatures are scorching hot. Leaving a spare key in a secure and well hidden place is an excellent idea.
Another option could be a lock with a keypad. Some of these smart locks even have timers on them. This way you can set the doors to unlock when your kid should be arriving home from school or an activity. Also, it’s helpful when someone forgets to lock the door. Another great feature of smart locks is the ability to link them to all the family member’s smart phones. This enables everyone to lock and unlock the house with their phone. While, your kid may lose a key, their phone is sure to be on them at all times.
A good general rule is to tell the kids not to answer the door or phone when home alone. With technology like caller ID, a neighbor, or anyone else who would be deemed as safe, can call the house if needed. In order to protect your home and kids, it’s best that they don’t even go to the front door when someone knocks. A great investment would be a camera for the front door. This way your kid has access to take a look on a monitor without ever having to go to the front door. Now that the kid sees it is someone familiar they can go to the door. Having a password for the familiar friend to give to the child is something else you can add to make this more fun and not so intense for your kid.
Of course smart cameras in the home are a great idea as well. This way you can check and make sure everyone is home from school, and of course behaving as they should. Having the ability to watch them from work can keep them safe because they are less likely to participate in dangerous activities.
This feature on most home security systems enables a delay to be set on all entrances and exits without the inside motion detectors being on. Making it so your child can move around inside without any worries
These home safety tips can all be adjusted to your needs. Every Phoenix family should have their own home safety plan. It is important to talk to your kids about those what if situations so they know what to do when something out of the norm occurs.