It’s all about finding a healthy balance, which can be tough. While ideal, constantly keeping your eyes peeled on your kids may not always be plausible. The good news is, you can implement some basic safety rules.

Here are a few handy guidelines that can be used to ensure that they remain safe when you’re not around them:

Keep an emergency contact list on the fridge:

Every household should have an emergency contact list, neatly written out or printed and stowed away somewhere central. This way, if a disaster strikes, family members can easily refer to it and contact others if needed.

Know how to operate the security system:

First and foremost, explain to them the importance of keeping security system information confidential. For example, if a key code of some sort is used to either activate or deactivate an alarm, then that code should not be shared with anyone else outside of family. Show your kids how to arm and disarm the alarm system, and locate and activate any panic buttons.

Be familiar with the family escape plan:

In addition to putting together the escape plan, you’ll also want to set in stone where family members should gather and meet outside to account for everyone’s safety

Basic contact details are the most important for your child to know and memorise. This way, they are able to share this information with police or any authorised official in case of an emergency. Take walks around your neighbourhood and home with your child often so that they become familiar.