Some of the most loveable characteristics of children is their natural curiosity, lack of fear, and openness to new ideas, possibilities, and people. It can be difficult for parents to teach their children the balance between exploration and caution, but children must understand how and when to be aware and when to be cautious.
Raising children can be difficult, especially in today’s world of new and rapidly changing technology. Fortunately, creating a kid-friendly smart home is easier than ever with today’s technology! You can use smart home security systems to protect or keep children safe at home, control access to entertainment content, and even remotely control appliances to save energy.
Here are five simple child safety tips for parents that you can share with your children.
- Electrical Security
Replace worn electrical appliances and cords. A licensed electrician should perform any repairs. To avoid the risk of electric shock, have a licensed electrician install safety switches that cut the power off quickly. Children love playing with loose items, so any cords should be fastened securely or hidden from sight.
- Preventing Burns and Scalds
Keep your child away from fire and hot surfaces to avoid burns. Keep a close eye on your child whenever they contact anything that can burn, especially stoves, ovens, microwaves, heaters, and other appliances.
Food and drinks and overly hot baths are major causes of scalds in babies and children. Here are some simple precautions to take to avoid these risks: keep hot foods and beverages out of the reach of children. Don’t hold your child if you’re eating or drinking something hot. Before bathing children, always check the bathwater temperature; a good way to test food or water is testing it against your lips first to see if the temperature is acceptable
- Install Cabinet and Door Sensors
Babies and toddlers are daring little explorers who can get themselves into trouble. Fortunately, you can deter small children from exploring dangerous areas by using child safety devices such as smart cabinets and door sensors. When they detect movement, the sensors send push notifications to your phone and can be easily installed on both medicine and cleaning supply cabinets. As small children tend to put things in their mouths, it is of utmost importance that you keep them away from potentially harmful substances.
- Install Smart Nightlights
A smart lighting system can make it easier for children to sleep. When the lights go out at night, a child’s normally welcoming bedroom can become frightening and unfamiliar. Your smart home can control energy-efficient dimmer light bulbs, which gradually dim the light in the room while turning on a nightlight. Motion sensors will turn on hallway lights at low settings for those sometimes-scary nighttime bathroom trips, providing enough light to keep children and adults from tripping over obstacles or bumping into walls.
- Do Away with Corded Blinds
As previously mentioned, children love playing with loose dangling items. Blinds and shades are very guilty of having these. You can easily do away with such dangers by switching a cordless or motorized lift with motorized blinds or smart shades, both of which are operated with a remote control or through smart devices, doing away with loose cords.
There are also a variety of other child safe blinds apart from the motorized options. They use a cordless lift option, allowing you to open and close them without the lift cord coming from the top. There’s a variety of different options as well, from cellular shades, roller shades, and classical blinds like faux wood and aluminum blinds.
Other Smart Innovations for Homes with Children
Save Energy and Manage your Appliances from any Smart Device.
Technology and children are a natural match. Children still forget to turn off lights, fans, and appliances even with today’s technology. You can monitor energy usage in your home and have easy access to all of your smart-home technology by using a smart home system. Smart devices like timers and motion sensors can control appliances and electricity usage for kids who frequently forget to turn off the lights. Most home automation safety systems are controlled by apps, allowing you to respond remotely and quickly in emergencies.
Smart Assistants can help your Children Develop Daily Routines.
Getting ready in the morning can be difficult, especially if you have children. This is where intelligent assistant routines come in. You as a parent can use voice assistants to combine separate tasks into a single daily routine that gets their kids ready using smart technology and helps them stay on track. For example, your child’s morning routine could include a wake-up alarm, upbeat music to get ready for school, and a reminder about important morning tasks like eating breakfast, brushing teeth, and preparing school bags.
Another smart routine is triggered when you arrive home, which may adjust the thermostat to a comfortable temperature, remind your child to do their homework, and unlock television controls at a predetermined time.
Wrapping it up
Smart home technology can assist children in remaining safe and organized. And assist parents in the difficult task of raising their children to be responsible adults. So, the next time you consider adding a smart home product to your home, consider your children’s safety first. Use the above tips to keep your child safe.