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Safe and Sound: 4 Ways Parents Keep Their Families Safe

Once you become a parent, safety becomes your biggest priority. But with so many potential dangers in the world, how do you know where to focus your attention? What are the biggest issues to keep your family safe from? Here are four of the biggest safety methods parents use to keep their families safe.

Use an Alarm System

An alarm system can serve your safety needs in two ways. First, it keeps intruders out. Second, the right alarm system can also keep your family in. Small children are known for their curiosity, and your alarm system can keep them from opening doors and windows and slipping away in the few seconds your back is turned. Go the extra mile and make sure your alarm system also covers a pool, if you have one. This will prevent drowning accidents.

Keep Firearms Locked Up

Many families keep firearms in the house to protect against intruders. For instance, 9mm handguns are easy-to-handle weapons for both mom and dad. But it’s important to keep that gun, and any others, locked securely in a safe. There are many different kinds you can use, including smaller ones that only need your fingerprint to open. These are perfect for your bedside if you’re worried about being able to access your weapon in the middle of the night while still keeping the family safe.

Transportation Safety

Cars, bikes, buses, trains, and planes—the methods of travel are endless. Regardless of how you travel, transportation safety should be paramount. Use seatbelts and car seats when traveling by car, train, or plane. Make sure the whole family uses helmets when riding bikes, both motorized and foot-powered. Don’t forget the other parts of transportation safety either. Don’t drive, and don’t allow anyone else to drive while intoxicated. Stick to the speed limit and follow all traffic signals and signs. Keep doors locked to prevent car jackings.

Fire Safety

Fire safety is just as important as anything else. You should install smoke detectors and change their batteries twice a year. Keep fire extinguishers throughout the house in strategic locations. Install carbon monoxide detectors in your garage, and elsewhere in the house if you rely on gas for cooking or heating your home. Teach your kids early what to do in case of fire. Create a map of your home and show them how to escape from all the rooms in the house. Encourage them to practice stop, drop, and roll. Perhaps most importantly, teach them not to play with fire in any of its forms, and keep matches, lighters and other fire starters put up.

Protecting your family doesn’t have to be difficult. A few simple steps can prevent tragedy from striking. The most important thing is to follow your own instincts.

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