Charlotte, N.C. (PRWEB) May 11, 2010
As the school year winds down, millions of parents will scramble to find ways to keep their kids occupied during the summer. But summer camps and sports can only keep kids occupied for so long. Many kids will find themselves home alone at least a few hours during each week. It’s important for parents to cover home security and safety basics with their children before summer begins. All Home Security, a leader in home security monitoring and safety, offers the following tips for keeping kids safe this summer.
Install a home security system – One of the easiest ways to keep kids safe is by installing an easy-to-use home security system. Many of the latest home alarms come with wireless keypads, making them easy for kids to activate while they’re home. If a child is old enough to be home alone, they’re typically old enough to know the importance of using a home security system responsibly. Plus, some systems come with iPhone apps so parents can find out if the home security system is armed even when they’re away.
Keep an open line of communication – It’s important for kids to know they can reach a trustworthy adult at all times. Parents should provide their work and cell numbers, along with the number of a close friend and/or neighbor, so kids have an easy way to access someone in case of an emergency. It’s also important for them to know that it’s okay to call a parent at work.
Plan ahead – Kids should be prepared if someone calls or shows up at the front door. Just like a home should always appear occupied, it should also always appear that an adult is around – even when one isn’t. Work through a list of responses kids can use when a stranger calls and asks for a parent. Also, make sure they know to never answer the door when they are home alone.
Keep an emergency kit handy – If a serious emergency occurs, kids should always know to call 911 and a parent. But it’s also important to put together a kit for less serious emergencies. This can include a list of phone numbers, packs of band aids and Neosporin and other first-aid necessities.
For more tips on home security and safety, visit All Home Security at allhomesecurity.com.