As the calendar turns to September, we get a little nostalgic thinking about our back-to-school days when we were younger. Buying school supplies and planning a first-days when we were younger. As parents, we have a different set of priorities – keeping our children safe and happy makes the top of the list. We can do this through a few changes in our home security and safety routines that make this fall less stressful to head back to work and school.
Change Your Daily Routine
Before you head out to work, it’s a good idea to check your home and car for any signs of vandalism or theft along the way. Or maybe you have a child who has moved out of the house, so you want to check for their belongings which they’d leave behind. In either case, it’s a good idea to do a little security check every day before you leave home.
Before you go to work, make sure all the doors are locked. Make sure nothing is missing or out of place. If you have pets, make sure they’re also securely locked up – the unthinkable could happen if your dog breaks through the fence and makes it onto your neighbor’s property. If your alarm system was already set before heading out, that should be fine. If not, you should definitely check it first thing once at home before you head out to work.
Install a Home Security System
Add a little peace of mind this fall knowing that every time you are away from your home that is being watched by a home security system. Many of them even come with mobile applications that you can use on your phone to check in on your household or just to turn the alarm off. If you already have one, make sure it has been tested recently and it is still working properly.
If you are thinking about getting a new home security system, there are some new advancements in home security technology this fall that gives it the edge over outdated systems like ADT. If you want to check out what’s new, look into new home automation packages. These packages come with smart panels that work with your phone to give you more control over your security system.
Practice Awareness and Security Routines
Having a security system is great, but teaching your children how to use it, is also important. Also, make sure you are showing your children the routine of home security. For example, make them change their own lights if they come home late or alone. Make them think about what they can do to keep themselves safe in the event that no one is at home. The more it’s drilled into your mind, the better chance you have to remember to always use it.
They also need to know how to handle themselves if they do get into a dangerous situation and someone else (either a stranger or someone who knows them) is nearby. A common pitfall that many children fall into is seeking help from someone nearby and not noticing that they’re actually an accomplice in the crime itself.
Add Security Cameras to Key Areas
If keeping an eye on the people coming and going from your home is important, then adding security cameras as a part of your home security system may be a smart idea. If your children are teenagers, this is especially important – they may be spending more time out of the house than their parents. If you already have cameras, make sure they are kept up to date on the cameras that are at your home – you don’t want to be caught off guard with footage that happened weeks ago if you weren’t watching it regularly.
Use a Keychain or Secret Locking System for Important Areas
Many people lose house keys all the time. Make sure your children know their own key names and make sure they always know where their keys are. You can also get creative with this idea and design something like a secret compartment to keep items safe like your car keys. This way, you know where they are at all times and no one else does.
Fall can be a nail-biting time for many people – whether it’s finding time to prepare for back to school or having your car break down on the way home. However, with a little extra effort, you can make this fall much less stressful and much more enjoyable by making some changes in your routine.
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