Five ways to keep your family safe in 2021
5 Mar 2021
There’s no doubt that events in recent history have pushed us to reassess our personal health, safety and relationships. And 2021 is no different, with a renewed focus on regaining momentum in regular life, work and travel, as well as finding the right ways to keep our families safe in a post-pandemic world. Here are a few ways you can keep them protected this year!
1. Your home needs to be your family’s haven
The feeling of safety starts at home - a safe, protected house is the best way to protect your loved ones. While home security systems can be an option for some, they can also be a tight expense for others. But securing your home need not be expensive; there are plenty of low-cost measures that you can start implementing today to help your family feel safe in the place they’re in the most. Keeping your doors and windows locked, updating and reinforcing locks, using motion-sensor lights and keeping valuables hidden away are all great ways to secure your home from potential threats.
2. Teach best practices
Covid-19 has taught us the importance and benefits of small actions such as regular handwashing, using face masks and keeping your distance from others, which should be taught to our children. Not only can this help with the current situation, but also keeps kids away from other nasties. The key is to explain why such measures are in place, so that they can also develop a sense of awareness, critical thinking and inclusion. Just like other safety measures, repetition, practicing and role-playing can all help in effective learning for children.
3. Prioritise health
The recent pandemic has also stressed the importance of good health and healthy lifestyles, which can help in the prevention of other issues too, such as diabetes, heart disease, asthma, and high blood pressure. Encouraging smart choices and healthy habits early on can have immeasurable effects on a child’s living, both now and in the future. Eating more fruits, vegetables, grains and fluids, as well as limiting computer time and increasing more active family activities, can all benefit your overall and individual health.
4. Stay safe online
Each day, the release of new apps, games, social networking sites and tools means it’s evermore important to keep your family safe in an increasingly digital world. With more connections comes more threat: online users often become easy victims in endlessly sophisticated internet security attacks. Some common practices and essential security rules may be the key to protecting your loved ones: make sure your home wifi network is secure, install parental controls, create strong passwords, only install software from trusted resources and teach your kids about safe networking online.
5. Buckle up
About every 13 minutes, someone in the United States is involved in a fatal car accident. A simple act like wearing a seatbelt could save the life of a loved one. What’s more, driver fault is responsible for nearly 80% of accidents each year. But these accidents could easily be prevented using safe technology. For example, SmartCitti’s newest feature, Live Safe, uses telematics to help drastically reduce the number of accidents on the road; through personalised trip reports, the smart feature helps improve your driving style and reduce the likelihood of accidents before they happen. With daily tips and recommendations, it’s a great way to help your family and your local community live and drive safer.