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Tips to Keep Your Home Safe for Children and the Elderly

Posted by Royal Sundaram on 14 Sep 2015

Making the decisions for your family is an important and tricky task. However, this becomes far more difficult when your folks are a mix of everything from geriatric grandfathers to restless children. Thus, proofing your home to ensure the collective safety of all can be a very real challenge for you. Here are some useful suggestions that can help you in achieving a safe environment within the four-walled confines of your house when it comes to family.

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Invest in a security system

The elderly folks in your house can still take care of where they are and even mind the children to an extent; however, it is a wise call to implement some safety measures that will provide a degree of protection just to prepare for anything hostile or unexpected occurring in the house, such as a break-in or theft. Several dependable security systems are provided by various firms and are not too difficult to put into place. Moreover, for added protection, one can consult private security firms or advisors in the case of highly sensitive residences or high-worth family members.

Create automation in the house

The impaired mobility quotient of an older family member can make the difference between them making a call to you in case of a heart attack and not even reaching the phone in the first place. Teach the elderly how to use alert and health-based apps & speed-dials on a cell-phone. Let your children learn about the basics of medicine and which ones to administer, should someone need one in an urgent situation. Having a family member receive basic training in techniques like CPR is a great idea, especially if your folks have a history of respiratory issues or seizures in the past.

Optimize the house for safety

While this does not have to entail extravagant changes or renovation, even smaller, economical additions here and there can make a world of difference for your family. For instance, installing railings in the restrooms can reduce the chances of an elder family member slipping or hurting themselves when visiting it. Placing socket-points and the mains of the household’s power supply higher up on the walls can prevent any chance of children getting electrocuted or suffering damage from a shock. The usage of thick rugs and abolishing any furniture with sharp edges can prevent knocking into one the wrong way and eliminate the consequent injuries.

Take surroundings and external variables into account

No matter how much you prepare on the inside, the immediate setting around your house can have a huge impact on how well these measures work. Technological help may be of no use if your neighbourhood frequently has power outages, in which case keeping a guard dog is a better option. Similarly, to protect against calamities that no one can control, such as fires, disasters or extraordinary damage from external factors, the best option is to seek home insurance. Use parameters well and consult with Royal Sundaram Home Insurance to find the best option for you.

So find the best ways to make safe the place your family calls home!

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