For a mother, being vigilant when it comes to your child’s safety is an intuitive act that just comes naturally, whether that’s by removing a broken toy from their grasp or keeping harmful foods and beverages at bay. But there is something that many mothers often times take for granted and that is the safety of their home. If you’re a stay-at-home-mom, then most of your day is probably spent indoors, so let’s take a look at some safety measures that are often overlooked but easily remedied.
Stay Safe Strategies
- Always keep your doors locked, and not just your front door and back door, but also lock up your garage, your vehicles, and any outside dwellings on your property, such as a shed, pool house, or shop. Since many children love spending time in their backyard, it can become commonplace to forget to lock the door behind you on your way out, so make a concerted effort to keep a spare house key inside your pocket and always lock the back door when you take your child outside to play. It only takes a second for an intruder to sneak past you and walk inside your home while your back is turned.
- If your budget is flexible, then consider purchasing a home security system. Most thieves will bypass a home if they notice security signs in the yard or decals in the window. Most of these systems are easy to install and some are even wireless, which will alleviate problems with burglars cutting wires to try and disable the unit. There are numerous options available when it comes to home security, including cameras and motion detectors, which can be mounted outside the home to alert you to someone’s presence. Many stay-at-home-moms place security cameras at their front door and back door, so they can see who is knocking before deciding whether or not to answer. You can also sync your security system to an app on your smartphone, so you can always see what is going on inside your home if you happen to be away at the grocery store or visiting a park with your child.
- Walk through your home and designate safe places where you can hide in case an intruder breaks into your home. Some good choices include a storage area, a closet, or the basement. In today’s society, many families are having a safe room (or “panic room”) built inside their home specifically for these types of security breaches. If your children are old enough to follow instructions, then discuss a plan of action with them and stick to it.
- If you know other stay-at-home-moms in your neighborhood, then gather together and share ways you can safeguard your home and your children. By brainstorming with other mothers, you can learn knew ways of protecting yourself that you may have never considered before.
- If you’re moving to a new neighborhood, do a thorough investigation of the community beforehand. Consult the National Sex Offender Registry online and also find out if there have been any break-ins or other crimes committed in your area. Get to know the people surrounding you and pay special attention to the company they keep. No, it’s not about being nosey – it’s about staying alert to possible troublemakers. That way if you notice someone combing your neighborhood you’ve never seen before, you can contact the proper authorities.
By taking the proper steps outlined above, you can enjoy the peace of mind that comes from knowing you are doing everything possible to keep criminals from targeting your home and possibly harming you and your children.