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How to Teach the Whole Family About Home Preparedness

The process of teaching your entire family about home preparedness requires focus, time, and patience. In order to prevent costly and dramatic situations along the way, five key steps must be followed throughout the training phase.

Prepare the Home

The first step in educating the family on emergency preparedness is to make sure the necessary equipment is in place. Purchase a fire extinguisher and put it in its place. Install all necessary home security equipment. Assemble the family 72-hour kit and place it in a safe location. Display your ADT signs in your yard and on your windows to deter would-be burglars. By finalizing the location of all necessary safety and security equipment and familiarizing yourself and your spouse with the procedures for its use, you can move on to discussing all these things with your children in an age-appropriate way.

 

Have a Family Discussion

You must have a family discussion about the procedures that you’re going to implement. If your kids have a busy schedule, considering having the discussion during dinner. During this process, ensure that your children:

  • Fully understand that multiple home security tools are in place
  • Have a safety routine for an emergency situation
  • Have an exit strategy

Walk Everyone Through the Emergency Procedures
Since all home security system companies design gadgets with unique interfaces, the process of reporting a criminal act isn’t always easy for kids. This is why you must teach your children how to network with the police by using your security system. In most cases, a system will contact a local department automatically, so your goal is to have a thorough discussion with your kids so that they’ll know how to report the situation to the monitoring agent.

 
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Act Out a Potential Situation

After you have an effective safety strategy, everyone must practice by running different drills. For example, when practicing a fire drill, ensure that each child takes the proper routine out of the home.

Frequent drills will be needed so that your kids will remember how to active and deactivate the security system. Because most children don’t absorb information quickly, you should pick a code that can be easily memorized. After you’ve programmed the system, you’ll need to set specific rules and guidelines for your kids. Generally, a child shouldn’t:

  • Share the code with strangers
  • Activate or deactivate the system without permission
  • Deactivate the equipment for a stranger

Implement Procedures to Prevent Accidental Triggers

When a home security system is tripped accidentally, a typical company will still charge a fee. In order to avoid the charges, the alert must be canceled before the information is dispatched. Prevention, however, is the best strategy, and you can avoid many costly situations by having discussions with your kids about routines that can accidentally trigger an alarm system. You can also prevent accidents by working with a security system technician. Usually, a specialist may be able to move the sensors to strategic spots so that your pets or kids won’t trigger an alert while interacting with objects in the general area.

Overall, you can keep your family safe by implementing emergency preparedness strategies in an efficient and practical way. Since ADT is a well-known security company, properly placed signs could keep potential criminals off your property.

Tim Esterdahl

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