Every parent places importance on “child-proofing” their home to keep their little ones safe. Even so, Safe Kids estimates that up to 10,000 children per day are rushed to emergency rooms for injuries that commonly happen in homes.
How can you ensure that your child’s play area is truly safe?
1. Monitored Alerts
Windows or doors in your child’s playroom can pose a hazard.
For example, a high window could be deadly if a child were to open it and fall out. Similarly, if your playroom has a door that leads outside, your child could open it and leave the house without your knowledge. Consider monitoring windows and doors with alarms that sound when opened. You can even install an alarm with audible alerts from the control panel, which state the specific entry or exit point (e.g. front or back door) that has been triggered. This is helpful if you’re in another part of the house and cannot quickly tell on your own which entry or exit your child has used.
Alarms also work for playroom cabinets or closets that you don’t want your child to access without your supervision. With an audible alert or notification to your mobile device, you’ll know instantly if an alarm is triggered.
2. Mobile Surveillance
You may not always be in the room with your child when they’re playing, but still want to keep tabs on their activity. By installing a security camera in your child’s playroom, you can see a live video feed of the playroom on your mobile device (smartphone, table) while you’re in another room of the house or at work. Not only can you view the video on your smart phone or tablet, the feed can be re-displayed on a TV for easy viewing while you relax on the couch or attend to other household tasks.
Install the camera out of your child’s reach and strategically position to capture a full view of the room.
3. Nanny Cams
In some instances, your child’s playroom might be utilized with a babysitter or nanny present. If you’re unsure about whether your child is in safe hands with your nanny, you can covertly monitor your child’s safety with a nanny cam. A nanny cam is simply a surveillance camera discreetly placed within the playroom.
These hidden cameras can record playtime while you’re away from the home, allowing you to watch the footage later or check in live on a mobile device. Simply install the camera in an inconspicuous location within your home. Make sure you understand your state’s laws on unauthorized video recording before installing a nanny cam.
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