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Are Your Kids Home Alone? 5 Home Security Tips to Keep Them Safe

We're currently in the height of the fall season, which means there will be a number of upcoming school breaks for your children in the months ahead. While their schedules will change, yours likely won't as you'll still have a regular work schedule and errands to run.

This increases the likelihood that your kids will be spending more time at home alone, which can be a scary thought for your family. Fortunately, there are several useful home security tips that you can practice to keep your family safe:

1. Never answer the door to strangers.

While this may seem straightforward, it still continues to be one of the biggest home security threats. With the uptick of door-to-door solicitors this time of year, it's especially important that you remind your children to never answer the door to anyone they don't know.

When it comes to front door safety, here are several home security best practices to talk to your children about:

  • Always keep the door locked.

  • Look out the window first before opening the door.

  • Don't pretend that no one is home when a stranger knocks on the door. Instead, turn on an outside light and make noise to let strangers know that people are inside the home.

  • Call the police of the person at the door acts strangely (uses aggressive behavior, starts walking around the property, etc).

2. Don't post on social media about being home alone.

Social media can present a number of home security risks, especially if your child spells out that he or she is home alone. You never know who is seeing your child's social media posts. For this reason, walk your child through some of the consequences of his or her choice of social media posts.

3. Talk to your child about what to do in the event of a fire.

Data reveals that the risk of a home fire increases significantly for the very young and the very old. Does your family have a fire escape plan in the event that this home security tragedy strikes (especially when you're not home to keep them safe)?

4. Keep a list of emergency contacts by every phone in the house.

Ideally, you'll want to include nearby neighbors that are home during the day on this list that could quickly get to your home in the event of an emergency. If your children have cell phones, a home security best practice is to have them store these emergency contact numbers as favorites in their phones so that they can be quickly accessed when needed.

5. Talk to your children about how to answer the phone.

It's no surprise that the phone can present a number of home security risks. This is why it's so important to talk to your children about how (and how not to) answer the phone when they're home alone.

Here are some best practices for answering the phone without creating a home security threat:

  • Tell your child to never state his or her name when answering the phone.

  • Make sure that your child never tells the person on the other end of the phone that he or she is home alone.

  • If the person on the other end of the phone asks to speak with a parent, have the child say that the parent is busy and can't come to the phone.

  • Tell your child to not answer any questions on the phone.

If you're still concerned about leaving your kids home alone, contact us at J&J Security to learn about installing a home security system.