Family Security and Safety In and Away From Home What Your Family Needs to Know
Family security and safety – protect your family from risks: fires, drugs, poisonous plants, lightning, floods and crime, while in the home, away from the home and on holiday.
Worrying about your family security and safety and their health, especially your childrens is only natural, we all do it. This worry increases when the media informs us that another child has been abducted, kidnapped, attacked, robbed, murdered, been sexually abused or involved in a serious accident. We then automatically think, what if it had been our child, how would we cope and how can we protect them from these types of incidents?
Young children are particularly vulnerable as they are largely unaware of the threats and dangers that could harm them.
The section on ‘Family Security and Safety’, in our new manual (available for instant download) will help you to appreciate the danger areas and signals. It will also show you how to reduce the risks and dangers and teach your children to do the same.
You must try and strike a balance between protecting your children too much and allowing them to grow and learn through experience and adventure. As those of you with children and those that have had children know, these choices can be very difficult to make.
Teenagers grow up fast, but are still at risk, in fact in some ways they are even more at risk. As they get older you give them more independence and freedom to visit places they were not allowed to visit on their own before. But unfortunately (although most teenagers think they know it all) they don’t suddenly become ‘street wise’ over night. Coping with all the new situations they will experience, is a gradual learning process.
by electrical, fire and burn accidents.
Every year in the United Kingdom over 1 million children under the age of 15 experience accidents in and around the home for which they are taken to Accident and Emergency units, sadly around 200 die every year.
Whilst it is virtually impossible to childproof our homes and avoid all eventualities without wrapping our children up in cotton wool all the time, many of these tragedies can be avoided or minimised. Family security and safety can be improved dramatically by carrying out simple checks and procedures. Most of which are common sense to us when we see them written down, or even after an accident. Too often however we don’t see the danger until it is too late.
When checking out your house for possible danger spots, remember that toddlers can be pretty resourceful, they can usually do whatever you think they cannot do. Minimising the chances of children having an accident relies on understanding how they behave and supervising their activities, as much as it does on using particular safety products. We cannot however place our children in a sterile environment free from all possible dangers and expect them to grow and learn, we have to strike a balance between safety, risk and reality so that they can learn and flourish.
Don’t put off talking to your children about general family security and safety issues including: alcohol, drugs and solvent abuse. Open communication is one of the most effective tools you can use in helping your child/children to avoid drug use. Talking freely and really listening shows children that you care and that they mean a great deal to you. As parents we shouldn’t just rely on the schools to teach our children about these problem areas, we must also become involved. Before talking to them we should research the facts in order to appear credible to our children
Family security and safety issues are extremely important with regard to the elderly. As we get older we have to accept that the chances of having an accident or falling in the home increase, especially as we become more frail, become less mobile and active, less actively alert and are more likely to suffer from poor health in one form or another. The over 65 age group accounts for over 300,000 injury cases and 2,500 deaths in home related incidents per year. One in three women and one in twelve men over 65 will suffer a broken bone through osteoporosis. In Britain there are 70,000 hip fractures and 50,000 wrist fractures caused by osteoporosis every year.
We need to check on all elderly relatives and friends to make sure that they are not exposing themselves to unnecessary dangers and assist them to overcome them wherever possible.
Everyone should feel safe and secure in their own homes, but unfortunately this is often not the case. This situation can however be greatly improved by being aware of both the dangers and the ways of diminishing the risks in different areas of your home to a minimum.
Each year around 600,000 children aged under five are injured in the home badly enough to go to hospital.
More than 4,000 people die in accidents in the home every year. Nearly 3 million attend accident and emergency departments seeking treatment, but these figures receive very little media attention because they are isolated incidents in private homes.
In 1999 there were 72,100 dwelling fires, with an estimated 466 deaths and around 14,600 injuries (Fire Statistics United Kingdom 1999).
Many of the numerous chemicals we use in and around the home are potentially dangerous and harmful to the people using them, the people exposed to them (sometimes unknowingly) and to the environment. Some can even kill or maim and are especially dangerous to young children.
The best way to avoid the danger of fire is to take sensible precautions to prevent one from occurring and also to plan what to do should the worst scenario arise.
Everyone in your family should know what to do in case of a fire and also know when and how to stay in your home while it’s on fire. Would your family know what to do if there was a fire, would they know how to signal to the emergency services if they were trapped, do they know that going back into a burning house increases the chance of them and the occupants being killed or injured?
Remember that house fires start and gain a hold very quickly; within a couple of minutes your home could be filled with deadly smoke and fumes. In many instances you and your family will only have a short time to get out, don’t panic, use the time wisely
We all have to leave our homes empty for varying periods of time, ranging from just popping next door for a few minutes, to going to work or going on holiday for an extended period. While we are away from our homes for whatever reason, we want to have the peace of mind generated by knowing that we have taken the right precautions, which should enable us to come back and find everything, as it was when we left. With the police now even admitting that the investigation of domestic burglaries has become a low priority issue today, we all need to take our family’s security and safety and indeed our own far more seriously, both in the home and away from it, more than we have ever done before.
As well as protecting our properties while we are away, we also need to be aware of any risks to our family security and safety, wherever we are travelling, working, visiting or staying. This manual will show you what precautions to take.