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Child safety at home: what to do

If your desire is to better keep your home safe for your children, let us direct you regarding today’s safety measures and how you can adapt them in the overall goal of child safety within your home. However, they require specific knowledge and the use of special devices. If you have not had any previous experience then you are probably not familiar with them. Let us remember to always stay focused on the main factor to be used in defining your strategy. This of course is your child. Sure Lock & Key, cares very much about both - safety and children For our purposes they go together. Making homes safe for kids is our job. We want to share with you what we have learned over our 35 years of experience in the Locksmith and Security industry so that you can protect your home and your children. Let’s start!

What are nanny cams

Nanny cams have become increasingly popular recently and have also caused much controversy. A nanny cam is a discreet camera placed strategically throughout a person’s home to track what the nanny or caregiver is doing while working. Most parents want to trust the person they carefully choose to let into their home and their lives. Typically, people decide to purchase a hidden camera after they have reason to suspect mistreatment or neglect. That is why nanny cams are directly related to your child’s safety and peace of mind.
When used properly, the nanny cam can be a helpful tool. When misused, it can quickly destroy the relationship you have built with your nanny. If your caregiver discovers a hidden nanny cam - for example, disguised in a houseplant, stuffed animal, or clock - they may feel insulted, offended, or hurt that you doubt their abilities or intentions, or simply embarrassed. Using the camera, you put at risk a valuable relationship. It’s best to discuss your plans to install a nanny cam openly. If you are wondering if nanny cams are legal, the answer is yes. It’s legal to use them in all fifty states.

Top 3 best nanny cams

There are many different nanny cams on the market, but we’ve selected only 3 of the best to save you time. These cameras we are going to name are very effective. They can transmit sound and HD video with excellent clarity and even have remote access for live streaming.
Vivint Ping: the best security camera with monitoring
The Vivint Ping indoor camera works best as part of Vivint’s professional security monitoring package. It is the only model on the market that allows a person at the camera to initiate a video call to a person monitoring on a mobile device.
Professional monitoring and smart home compatibility are available with Vivint Ping, but this camera is more expensive than others on the market and must be professionally installed. A subscription to Vivint Smart Home Video is also required for full functionality.
Best features:
  • 1080p HD video
  • Two-way audio
  • Night vision
  • Wide-angle field of view of 155 degrees
  • Customizable motion detection
  • Customizable mobile alerts
Blink XT2: The ultimate wireless nanny cam
If you need an indoor camera that can go anywhere, the Blink XT2 may be your best choice. This camera is compatible with smart home systems and doesn’t require a contract or data fee. It can be used both indoors and outdoors and the Blink XT2’s batteries last up to two years. The camera records for 53,870 seconds. It should be noted, however, that some reviews report a slight distortion when recording.
Best features:
  • 1080p HD video
  • Temperature monitor
  • Configurable motion detection
  • 2 hours of free cloud storage
  • Two-way audio
  • Night vision
mother with children under security
Wyze Cam: nanny cams with audio
This model from Wyze is second to none for an affordable and easy-to-use nanny cam. It streams video directly to your phone day and night and saves up to 14 days of recordings. If motion or sound is detected in the area, the user is alerted on their phone, and the camera begins recording. The footage can be viewed in real-time or playback mode, and two-way audio communication is possible. Thousands of satisfied customers say it is a reliable camera and consider it, a great investment.
Best features:
  • 1080p HD video
  • Two-way communication
  • Zoom, pan and tilt options
  • Night vision
  • Sound and motion detection
  • Continuous recording option
mother with children under security

Tips for extra child safety

As a parent, child security is naturally among your top priorities. However, no matter how you feel about your children’s safety, you, unfortunately, can’t be everywhere at once. That’s why we’ve created three tips to help keep your children safe at home. Naturally, they won’t work with babies and toddlers, but starting this kind of teaching as fast as possible is great.
  • Teach your children basic safety rules

    If children are left home alone, it is essential that they clearly understand specific basic safety rules. Teach children to lock the door and not to open it to anyone. Make sure they understand that they should never open the door when they are home alone, even to deliver groceries or if a neighbor knocks on the door. Explain to them that if they need to talk to guests, they should do so without opening the door.

  • Make plans for specific accidents and situations

    It is important to make sure children have a good understanding of what to do in case of certain situations. Some of them may include:
    1. Burglary: Teach children not to enter the house if there are signs of a break-in. Make sure they know they should not enter the house if the door is left open or there are broken windows. Let them know what you want them to do: call neighbors for help, call you and/or call 911.
    2. Lost keys: A lost key is a potential security risk. Let your children know that you understand that accidents happen and that you are not upset and that they should never fear telling you if they have lost their key because you are just concerned about getting it back. Give instructions on how to get a spare key from a neighbor, family member, or you.
    3. Fire: Together, develop an emergency plan that defines how your child will get out in the event of a fire. Ensure they understand that the number one priority is getting out safely and everything else is irrelevant.

  • Show your children how to use the alarm system

    The home security system is installed for a reason, to protect your home and the people in it. However, if it is not used correctly by everyone in your family, the system is not doing its job and can cause major alarm sounding headaches. Ensure your children know how to use the alarm system properly as well as how to arm and disarm it. If possible, test various alarms, including burglary, smoke, and carbon monoxide, so they can understand what each alarm sounds like and know what to do if they hear one.

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Summing up

The safety of our children is an essential aspect of our lives. Danger can be outside and inside your home, so it is worth taking care of all the factors that can cause it. If you think your attempts are insufficient, you may always go for professional security services. If it is challenging to keep your child completely safe outside, it is easier to do so inside the home. First, you need to talk to your child about safety in your home and his behavior in case of unforeseen events. Also, if your child is too young to realize that and you have hired a babysitter, it is worth installing nanny cameras to have peace of mind when your child is not around. However, it would help if you discussed this beforehand with the nanny so that you do not have a conflict in the future.
kid sets up home security system
kid sets up home security system

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