How To Keep Kids Safe This Summer

With the school holidays approaching parents need to be extra cautious about the safety of their children and to be aware of the risks around the home. Here are some top tips on how to keep kids safe!

“Between playing in the front yard with neighbours, enjoying time in the pool, having sleepovers with friends and longer school holidays, children tend to spend more time at home during the summer months than any other period of the year. Parents need to remain vigilant and remember that a house can be a dangerous place for children if safety and security measures are overlooked,” said ADT Security’s Christian Dorau.

“While some parents get to spend time at home during the school holidays, many will be at work. This may mean children are left home alone, or with grandparents or babysitters. To help prevent injuries, parents must assess their homes for safety and security risks and create a safe environment for their children.  Following a few simple tips can help to ensure the warmer months can be enjoyed incident-free.”

ADT Security offers the following tips to those responsible for the care of children these school holidays:

1) Ensure children know who is allowed in the home when parents are at work.  Where possible, have locked screen doors or an intercom entrance system fitted so children do not feel vulnerable when answering the front door.

2) Lock up all matches and lighters and blow out candles whenever leaving the room. Never leave young children unattended near an open flame or BBQ.

3) Always supervise young children around water, don’t rely on other adults or siblings. Remember, floaties are not a substitute for adults overseeing things and can often give children a false sense of security in the water.  Wading pools and other containers should be emptied immediately after use.

4) Flyscreens are purely designed to keep insects out, they are not strong enough to support children. Ensure that all windows are firmly locked or are fitted with child-proof window guards, and make sure beds and cots and other climbable furniture are located away from windows.

5) Securely store all medications and household cleaning products in a cabinet preferably up high, out of arm reach, with a childproof lock to help prevent poisoning.

6) If children are old enough, make sure they know how to dial 000. Practice an evacuation plan so family members know how to get out of the house in the event of a fire or incident.  Basic first-aid skills are also valuable.

7) Make time to discuss safe online and social media behaviour with your children.  Talk to them about the dangers of revealing holiday plans on Facebook, Twitter or to strangers online.  Savvy thieves can gain access to up-to-the-minute details through status updates and posts, allowing them to learn when the home is likely to be vacant.

8) Don’t let the security of your home fall down the priority list. The hot weather means many of us keep windows and doors open to circulate air, providing an open invitation to thieves. Keep doors locked and where air flow is needed ensure security screen doors or windows are fitted.

9) Consider a monitored home security system that has remote reporting capabilities. With ADT Select it’s possible to access account information, real-time reporting, alarm activation and event history online.

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