5 Tips to Teach Your Kids About Home Security Systems
Home security systems provide your family with peace of mind, but don’t assume your children know all the rules of home safety. With summer vacation leaving thousands of kids at home by themselves, now is the time to talk about home safety and security, and establish a protocol for your children’s time alone. Use these tips as a guideline for discussing the ins and outs of home security systems with your children.
1. Family discussion
Set aside time to have a family discussion, or plan to talk over dinner. Use this discussion to make your children aware that the home security system is in place for safety and emergencies. This is a great time to discuss best practices and plans of action for different home emergencies, such as a fire or medical event.
2. Emergency procedures
Regardless of the type of emergency, teach your children how to use the security system to call for help. Home security systems are equipped with call capabilities that activate when the alarm is triggered. Have your children practice what to say to the monitoring agent when triggering the alarm for an emergency. You should also have your kids practice what to say to the agent should the alarm be accidentally triggered.
3. Role play
Once you’ve set your emergency safety plans, plan for a dry run. Practice how your children will handle a fire with a drill, following established exit routes and how to alert the authorities. This is the perfect time for them to practice their script for speaking with the security monitoring agent.
4. Daily safety best practices
Home security systems provide a safeguard against possible home emergencies, but best practices need to be maintained on a daily basis. Teach your children how to arm and disarm the security system by establishing an easy-to-remember panel code. Have your children practice arming and disarming the security system with you at their side. Emphasize that the keypad code and disarming instructions are a family-only secret, and that they’re not to arm or disarm the system without a parent or supervising adult’s permission. Also, they’re never to disarm the alarm for a stranger — no exceptions.
5. Navigating the system
Tripping your home security system’s alarm can be costly if the alert isn’t canceled prior to emergency service dispatch. Discuss how to prevent accidentally triggering alarms with your children by emphasizing safety best practices, and reiterating the procedure for turning off false alarms and notifying your security company. Keeping all doors and windows locked throughout the day not only safeguards your home, but also prevents triggering a false alarm.
Homeowners can also prevent false alarms by working closely with their security system technician. If you have small children or pets, let them know so that they can position your sensors appropriately. Keep loose flowing curtains and plants, items easily moved with the introduction of air flow, away from your motion sensors.
The best way to keep your family safe is to arm them with information regarding your home security system. The more your children know about home safety best practices, and how to navigate your home security system, the better protected they are should an emergency situation arise. Call Vivint today to discuss how a smart home security system can protect your family.