How to Keep Your Kids Safe at Home

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Now that summer is almost here, you may be wondering how you can make sure your kids are safe at home during the day or playing outside. Depending on their age, they may be old enough to stay at home without adult supervision for short periods of time. If they are still young enough to need an adult supervisor or babysitter most of the time, make sure you find someone you trust who will be responsible enough to handle unforeseen situations. In the meantime, here are some ways to make sure your kids are safe at home.

Install a camera

If your house has multiple levels or you just want to keep an eye on the kids from another room, installing a camera can be a helpful way to do just that. Look for one that can be easily mounted to the wall or put on a shelf out of the way. If you prefer one with wifi connectivity, make sure you do your research to find out whether the system is safe, secure and not accessible to hackers.

Lock your cabinets

Whether it be cleaning supplies under the bathroom sink or strong liquor up in a kitchen cabinet, installing locks in strategic locations can help keep your kids safe. Many cleaning supplies are toxic when ingested, and obviously alcohol should be locked away from anyone under 21. There are many different kinds of locks on the market, so you can pick and choose which one is best for your family. For those with infants, a click lock that you can open with ease is probably better. For liquor, prescriptions or other controlled substances, a lock with a key or a combination lock might be better.

Switch to non-toxic cleaning supplies

There are so many different cleaning products on the market that it may seem difficult to make a good choice in the moment. That said, paying a little extra up front on items without toxic substances may protect your kids in the long run. You never know when a little one might accidentally get some in their eye or on their hands. For peace of mind, make the switch starting with anything that may touch food - countertops, dishwashing liquid and anything used to clean the refrigerator.

Check appliances for broken parts

Nothing could be worse than having to rush your child to the doctor because of burns or injuries from broken or malfunctioning household appliances. Make sure that you get routine maintenance on your appliances to be sure that all of the safety features are working properly. Never leave children unattended if you think they will climb into a washer or dryer, touch a hot stove, or even climb into an open refrigerator as a game (it’s been done before).

With just a little preparation, you can make a lot of progress in ensuring your kids are happy, healthy and safe at home during the summer, and all of the rest of the year, too. Follow these tips and you’ll be well on your way to being the safest house on the block.