Tips for Keeping Your Home a Safe Place for Your Family During Lockdown


The current COVID-19 pandemic is a scary and uncertain time for the majority of us. Life as we know it has come to a standstill, and we have had to change our ways almost overnight. In the midst of all the stress and worry, making sure that you and your family are healthy and safe during your time at home should be our main priorities. People feel like their rights are being challenged during this time, but all of the rules and guidelines that have been put in place are there to protect us, so we should do what we can to protect ourselves from the virus and from other aspects of the outside world. To help ensure you are your family are safe in your home during lockdown, here are some tips you can follow.

Don’t Invite People Over

Keeping the virus out of the home is the first step to ensuring safety. In order to achieve this, you should keep other people who are not a part of your household away, even if they are friends or family. If you miss your friends and family, then you should make the most out of video calls. There are many apps that you can install onto your computer or smart devices to speak to your loved ones. For more freedom during your video calls, you could consider Portal, a hands-free video calling device.

Exercise Your Pets Safely

There has been a lot of false information circling the internet in regards to pets passing COVID-19 to their owners. Research has proven that animals can’t carry or pass on the virus. The virus can stick to human hair and clothing, so you should be wary about COVID-19 settling on your pet’s hair. To do so, you should keep your distance from strangers and their pets during walks. You shouldn’t allow anyone from outside your home, apart from groomers or veterinarians (if they must), to touch your pet.

Keep Your Home Clean

A clean environment is a safe environment. You can keep the virus out, but it can be difficult to keep the entire outside world away from your home completely, due to having to restock with food and other supplies. This makes cleaning your home post the COVID-19 pandemic essential – check this guide from Steamco Cleaning & Restoration for more info on ‘cleaning your home Covid-19 pandemic’.  Fortunately, there are many products and devices out there that will ensure your home is thoroughly cleaned. You could also consider a professional cleaning service if you want to be thorough.

Teach Kids About Emergency Services

Teaching your children how to contact and speak to emergency services will make everyone in the home feel safer, as each one of you understands and is capable of contacting help if it is required. You should teach them the information they need to tell the call operator, such as their name, address, and contact number. Your children need to know that it is not their responsibility to protect you if something goes wrong; instead, they can call other adults for the help you all need.

Install a Home Security System

In most places, crime has dropped since lockdown and because of this, many people may relax their attitudes towards taking care of their property. However, just because crime rates have decreased, it doesn’t mean that it doesn’t exist. To protect your household from potential burglaries and break-ins, you should install a home security system. This will provide you and your family with the ultimate level of security and protection, alongside keeping your doors and windows locked during the night.

Keep in Contact with People

Even if you are isolating with your family, lockdown can be a lonely time and you should never feel like you are going through it alone. Looking after your mind and your family’s mind is just as important as keeping the rest of their body healthy. One of the best ways to keep up a positive mentality is by keeping in touch with close friends and family. Checking in with people you love can make you and that other person feel less isolated and safer and can bring your household closer together.

When your home is safe, then any risk to you and your family automatically decreases. It can be hard to think about enjoying yourself during this worrying time, but keeping your spirits high is key to getting through the pandemic.

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