When you are single, you can pretty much do as you please, and you have no one else to worry about but yourself. That all gets turned on its head once you have children. They become your everything, and you want to protect them at all costs. When they hurt themselves, you want to take the pain away, when they cry you want to cuddle them and let them know that everything will be alright. The protection you want to create also extends into your home. You will want it to be as safe for them (and your partner) as you possibly can. Here are 4 things you can do around the home to keep your family safe and secure.
Smoke Alarms and Carbon Monoxide Detectors
Smoke alarms will alert you when they detect increased levels of smoke. It’s a good idea to have a hard-wired alarm fitted rather than battery-powered. These usually come with a battery back up just in case you have a power cut. If you have a gas boiler, open fire, or other sources that use fossil fuels, then a CO2 detector is an essential safety measure. Carbon monoxide is both colorless and odorless and unlikely to wake you up in the event of a leak. A CO2 alarm will help protect your family from any dangerous emissions. It's a good idea to have them checked annually to make sure they are working as they should.
From outdoor security lighting to doorbells with video and audio facilities, a full home security system is a great way to protect your family and your home. Outdoor cameras can be fitted to your home to allow 24-hour surveillance if that is your preference. Smart doorbells allow you to see and speak to whoever is there, so if you are away and your partner is apprehensive, it will give them some added security. There's a fabulous range of home security products available these days, so have a look online or speak to a specialist to find out your options.
Windows and Doors
Whilst this should go without saying, it is very easy to forget to lock and door or a window. Check before going to bed that window and door locks are secure. It is also a good idea to close your curtains and blinds on the ground floor of your property. This will ensure that no one can see into your home or catch a glimpse of any valuables that might otherwise be on display.
Having a good relationship with your neighbors can provide added protection. Many people set up neighborhood watch schemes where they will all look out for each other and report anything sinister that they see or hear. It is not only a great way to protect your family but is a great way to get to know your neighbors and create a much-welcomed sense of community.
Published by Shahbaz Ahmed