Whether you have a big, hectic family or you’re a small household of only three, there are certain safety rules that every single member of the family needs to abide by. One person alone isn’t enough to enforce safety – it takes care, consideration and knowledge from every single member – even if they’re only an infant!
If you’re struggling with where to start, here are some top safety tips that every member of the family should abide by.
Always keep the door locked
There are several reasons why every member of your family should make an effort to keep the door locked at all times. An astonishing 34% of burglars enter through the front door, so, it’s in the best interest of preventing burglaries. As well as this, it’ll also keep any little ones safe from wandering onto the street.
Be wary of your activity on the internet
The internet can be a scary place! If you have desktop computers or tablets in your home, make sure you always have your guard up when exploring the internet. From scary scammers to intricate cyber-attacks, negative social media posts to strange ‘friend’ requests, there’s so much you need to be wary of when on the internet. This can be applied to everyone, but children and teenagers are most vulnerable.
Regularly test your fire alarm
Just having a fire alarm isn’t enough… if you’re not regularly testing your device, you’re leaving your family and your home at risk. It’s easy to think “it won’t happen to me”, but actually there are about 37,000 house fires a year in the UK. You shouldn’t leave yourself open to such a devastating possibility when testing your fire alarm is so easy! If you need help, look for fire alarm installers in Newcastle.
Always keep your spare keys in a safe place
If you think you’ve already identified a safe place for your keys, think again! Under the plant pot or the door mat, in the flower bed… Burglars and criminals know all the secret, safe places, and we can confirm that they’re neither secret nor safe. If you really need to leave a spare key somewhere, leave it with a trusted neighbour or a friend that every member of the household can get in touch with.
Don’t post your holiday snaps on social media until you’re back
If you’re going away on holiday or for another reason that’ll leave your house vacant, it’s really important that you don’t make it obvious! Every member of the family should be instructed not to post anything on social media – especially if their profiles are open to the public. This includes beach snaps and statuses bragging about the foreign sunshine. It’s much easier for a prospective burglar to target your house when it’s been made very obvious that no one is there! Don’t assume that they won’t do some digging, and social media will be their first port of call.