With young children, you really never know what could happen. One second your little one could be happily playing with their favorite toy, and the next second they could be making a dash for the front door as you turn around to grab their drink for them. Young children are naturally curious explorers, which means you need to think about security a little differently with young children in your home. Here are three ways to improve your home security when you have young children.
#1 Add Motion Sensors To All Windows & Doors
With young children, you are going to want to monitor all of your windows and doors, not just your front door and windows. You are going to want to have motion sensors installed on your doors and windows. Make sure that the sensors on the windows are designed to be activated not just when the window is shattered, but if someone crosses through plane of the window, such as a toddler falling through a window screen. Make sure that you have these alarms activated even when you are inside of your home and awake, not just when you are asleep so that your alarms will alert you if your young children ever go out the door without your permission or fall through a window screen.
#2 Add Motion Sensor Cameras Outside Of Your Home
Another way you can ensure that your young children are safe is by installing motion sensor cameras around the outside of your home. This will allow you to increase your monitoring of your own home and make sure that everything is safe. In addition, if your child ever slips away, you can easily check your video security cameras to see if they went outside without your permission. When your kids are playing outside, this is also a great way to keep an eye on their play without your children feeling like you are hovering over them as they play in your backyard. You can keep a close eye on your kids and they can feel like they are being independent at the same time.
#3 Add Carbon, Fire & Water Monitors
Third, you want to make sure that you are monitoring against all threats when you have children in your home. You should have fire alarms in all of the bedrooms of your house, in the main living areas, as well as on each level of your home. It is a smart idea to have a combination of fire alarms, one that are set off by smoke and others that are set off by heat. You can also have these alarms connected to your security system so that your security company and appropriate authorities are alert whenever these alarms go off.
If you have gas lines in your home, you are going to want to install carbon monitors. These monitors should be in all rooms where the gas lines are located, such as the kitchen and utility rooms, as well as any nearby rooms the lines might run through. Since you can't see or smell carbon monoxide, these types of alarms are extremely important to have in your home.
Finally, if you live somewhere where floods are a possibility or if you are just afraid that you may leave the bathtub water running forever and forget about it, you can have water monitors put in strategic points in your home. Good places to put water monitors are your bathroom and basements. These alarms will trigger if they are covered or partially submerged in water.
When you have kids, you are going to want to use all of the home security systems available to you, such as sensors on your windows and doors, carbon, fire and water monitors as well as security cameras. These tools will help keep your kids safe inside of your home, and will help you ensure no one unwanted gets into your home.