For many, the family unit ranks high on their list of safe havens. And we’re of the opinion that that’s as it should be. One hundred percent of the time, it’s with your family that you can let your hair down, be your unguarded self and love and laugh without worrying. So it’s only normal to often wonder “how can I keep my family safe?” We’ve put together some tips and guidelines that’ll show you a number of ways to keep your family from danger and establish safety protocols for your loved ones. Let’s begin, shall we?
How to keep my family safe at home
- Always check to make sure your front and back doors are locked whenever you’re leaving the house and whenever you’re going to bed.
- It’s also important to keep your front and back doors (entry and exit) doors locked when you’re home. This way, you’ll be reducing the odds of getting surprise visits from strangers and potential criminals.
- If you have younger kids, childproofing your home is a good idea.
- Teach your children to keep the front and back doors locked whenever they’re indoors or leaving the house. You may have to constantly remind them of this, particularly the part about locking doors when they’re home.
- Teach your children to call you if there’s a stranger at the door. They should never let them in without telling you first.
- Install multiple functional smoke detectors in your house. Place them in your kitchen, bedrooms, living room and laundry room. For homes with larger spaces, consider installing some in stairways and hallways.
- Having a fire extinguisher in the house is another good idea.
- Create a plan for emergencies – like fire outbreaks, for instance – and practice them repeatedly with your family. This may seem somewhat extreme but you know what they say, “better safe than sorry”. Who knows? You guys might just end having fun during the drills.
- Install gas leak detectors as a preventive measure against CO poisoning and explosions.
- Criminals tend to avoid houses with dogs as their barking attracts attention. You may want to get one, that’s if you don’t already have.
- Install security cameras at your front and back doors. You can also install them around windows and balconies as these are common entry points for burglars.
And on the road
According to the Association for Safe International Road Travel (ASIRT), an average of 3700 lives are lost in road crashes daily. That’s some bitter fact to digest and we’re sure that there’s no one who wants their loved ones to be a part of that statistics. Thankfully, there are ways to reduce the chances of that happening and they include:
- Always keeping your car(s) in tiptop condition. Regular servicing of your car and fixing faults as soon as they develop is an easy way to keep tabs on the roadworthiness of your car.
- Your teenagers shouldn’t be allowed to drive until they’ve passed their driving training and obtained their driver’s license.
- Always use your seat belts while driving. Teach your kids to use them too.
- For younger kids, car seats and booster seats should always be used. Seat belts do not provide enough protection for their smaller body frames.
- Use child locks in your car. When kids are unable to open the doors from inside, it reduces their chances of falling out while the car is moving. What’s more, it lets you concentrate more on your driving.
- Pay attention to speed limits and road signs.
- Avoid texting or using your phone while driving. If you must take a call, use a hands-free device.
- Do not drink and drive. Drum this into your kids.
- When you’re on a road trip or driving a long distance, taking short breaks can help keep driver fatigue away.
- Keep an eye on each other on vacations, trips to the mall and at other outdoor events. You easily do this with our mobile app.
- If your car breaks down on a busy road, turn on your hazard lights and park away from traffic. Remain in your vehicle while you call and wait for help.
- Wear a crash helmet when you’re riding a bicycle or a motorcycle. Teach your kids to use them too.
- Teach your kids pedestrian safety e.g. how to cross the road and the meaning of traffic lights.
How to keep your family safe online
We’re in the digital era and there’s a whole of things to be done on the internet. From working to shopping, getting medical advice to touring and probably the most interesting of all, socializing, all can be done online. However, just as dangers lurk around every corner offline, so do they online but you can keep your family safe by:
- Using strong passwords to protect your personal email, work email and social media accounts.
- Teaching your kids how to choose strong passwords and the importance of keeping them secret.
- Being wary of emails from unknown senders. Do not click on the links they contain as they may lead to malicious websites or contain viruses.
- Installing antiviruses on you and your kids’ computers and cell phones. Always update them so that you’re protected from new viruses.
- Not giving personal information like addresses, phone numbers, credit/debit bank details, identification number online. If you have to do so, ensure that it’s a verified app or accredited institution’s website.
- Letting your kids know the dangers of sharing personal information online.
- Keeping track of what your kids are doing online,. (Oh, by the way, we have an app for this, check it out). This will help you, as a parent, protect them from inappropriate content.
- You can also check out our post on child online safety for more tips.
A wise woman once said, “A family takes care of their own”. This means that asking “how can I keep my family safe?’ isn’t out of place. Hopefully, we’ve given you enough of an answer in this post. Now, it’s up to you.