Being a single mom is a huge responsibility, as you are taking on the role of two parents. As the only parent in the household, not only are you caring for your children, you are also the sole provider and the sole protector. As such, the safety of your home and family is a top priority.
Here are six tips on how to keep your home protected from potential dangers:
1. Home Security System
Investing in a home security system can prevent intruders from breaking into your home. Most burglars are threatened by a security system, as they do not want to get caught by the police. Having a Vivint security system can offer you peace of mind that your home is protected. If someone were to break in, the alarm would trigger, alerting not only you that someone attempted to break in, but also both the authorities and the security company.
One of the most important aspects of home security is privacy. Regardless of whether you live in a single family home, or in a third story apartment, cover your windows with curtains and blinds. Most burglars rob homes that they perceive to have a large pay off. Leaving the blinds and curtains open, especially at night, give burglars direct access to seeing what expensive possessions you have in your home. Keeping the curtains drawn at night provides you with essential privacy.
3. Guard Dog
Dogs are loyal companions and fiercely protective. Breeds like Labrador Retrievers, Golden Retreivers, and German Shepherds have a perfect blend of protectiveness and friendliness, making them safe for children but wary against strangers. In fact, female German Shepherds are one of the best dogs for single women, as research has proven they are extremely loyal to the female gender.
4. Install Fencing
If your children are extremely active and play outside often, consider installing fencing around your property. Fencing can reduce the liklihood that younger children will wander off. Likewise, it will also act as a deterrent against intruders wandering in.
Being on your own is difficult. Needing an extra hand here or there, especially if work hours are irregular or traffic from work is especially bad, is helpful. Reaching out to your neighbors and asking if they wouldn’t mind keeping an eye on your home from time to time can help keep your home safe. Plus, if you are ever in a pinch, your neighbors might be able to watch your children while you are away.
6. Doors and Windows
Be sure to lock all doors and windows, especially while you are away from your home. It can be easy to forget, particularly if you enter your home and your hands are full. However, make it a habit to regularly check if your doors are locked. Moreover, if any of the locks seem faulty or easy to pick, it would be a wise idea to change the locks to something sturdier.
As a single mom, you already have enough to worry about without your home’s safety being an added concern.
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