For many families in Omaha, the choice of being home to greet the kids after school is not an option. Every fall, children respond to the end of day school bell by making their way home to wait for parents or caregivers to arrive home sometime later. No matter how old the child or the sometimes safety of the neighborhood, Big Red Locksmiths realizes educating kids about the many ways to remain safe and secure while they are home alone is essential.
See below for a number of things the adults in their lives can to do prepare them for this responsibility:
Have A Security Expert Inspect Your Home
Don’t leave your kids home alone without first having a professional locksmith in Omaha or a security expert stop by to inspect your doors, windows and locks. Over time, security vulnerabilities can present themselves. Windows that no longer lock or close tightly, or door locks that aren’t functioning properly can leave children at risk when they are home alone.
Perform A Trial Run (An Emergency Game Plan)
Before you leave your children home alone for the first time, it’s a good idea to do a trial run beforehand. Walk them through the house and identify all the areas they need to be sure are secure after they let themselves in. Let them demonstrate how to unlock and relock the door behind them.
Remind them that locking the door and/or arming security alarms is not optional and should be done every single time. The lesson may leave a greater impression if you ask your Omaha locksmith to stop by and talk to the child about the importance of these measures. While they are there, a quick check can be done to ensure everything is working properly and your child can successfully lock and relock entry doors.
Discuss “Key” Rules For The Kiddos
Does your child carry a house key with them to school? Make sure they understand the importance of keeping this key secure. Never write your child’s name or the home address on the key. If it becomes lost, make sure your child knows they should notify you or a neighbor right away. In lieu of physical keys, consider installing keyless entry locks on your home or enable wireless security entry.
And, tell your child never to share entrance codes with friends. A local locksmith would be happy to show you the variety of options available if you’d like to eliminate having a house key for your child to manage.
Establish A “Don’t Answer The Door” Policy
It goes without saying (but you’d better say it!) that your child should never open a door to someone they don’t know. When answering a phone, children must never reveal that they are home alone and every child, even the youngest, should know the purpose for and how to dial 911. Ask your locksmith in Omaha to install a wide-view peephole with visibility to your home’s entrances so your child knows who’s waiting outside if the doorbell rings.
Make A “What If” Game Plan
For your peace of mind and your child’s safety, always have a backup adult available to respond to your child’s call if they have any concerns or fears while they are by themselves. Designate a trusted neighbor or grandparent they can reach in the event you aren’t immediately available and make sure these trusted adults know how to gain entry into your home to help when needed.
If you need to have a lock expert look at your home with a critical eye, call Big Red Locksmiths at 402-554-0499. We’ll help to make sure your home is as safe as possible when your children are ready to accept the responsibility of staying home alone.