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5 Ways You Can Keep Your Family Safe

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As a parent or other caregiver, your natural inclination is to protect your children and other family members from harm. In every possible situation, you’ll do what you can to keep your loved ones safe. If your roof is at risk of collapsing, you’ll find a roofing company that’ll repair it or install a new roof entirely. If your adolescent is struggling with hyperactivity and impulsiveness or showing signs of conditions like attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), you’ll seek out a psychiatrist who can provide the medication or cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) your child needs to thrive and cope with their symptoms of inattention. From finding the right professionals to simply being a responsible homeowner, there’s a lot you can do in advance to protect your family, keeping them safe and secure at home and elsewhere.

1. Secure their shelter.

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As one of the most basic human needs, simply keeping a roof over your family’s heads is a crucial part of keeping your children,

partner, and other loved ones safe. That said, it’s equally important that you ensure that roof—and everything under it—is safe, too. Local roofing companies can perform necessary repairs, routine maintenance, or even a roof replacement, if needed, to help you make sure your family is safe and secure in their most essential space. Of course, the roof isn’t alone in keeping you and your loved ones safe. Your home’s structure as a whole should be maintained regularly, from the gutters to the basement, with any repairs being made as soon as possible once they’re noticed, whether that means calling your go-to roofer, a general contractor, or even taking a DIY approach for a simpler fix.

2. Take preventive action.

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Maintenance on your roof’s shingles and the bones of your home, so to speak, can help ensure it stays standing and protects your family from the elements and other dangers. However, it’s just as important to maintain and repair everything inside your home. Secure your home and your HVAC system by understanding your heating and air conditioning systems and taking advantage of their warranties to keep them in tip-top shape. By keeping your HVAC system and other amenities in optimal working order and communicating with your insurer as needed, you’ll be keeping the best possible air quality in your home, with all the health and wellness benefits that come with it.

3. Acknowledge all-around wellness.

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Keeping your house in order can help your family stay safe and healthy in a physical sense. However, it’s just as important to make sure you’re caring for their other types of well-being, such as emotional or mental wellness. For instance, would you recognize if your adolescent was displaying ADHD or ADD symptoms? Attention deficit disorder in a teenage girl, in particular, will often go unrecognized as parents and others overlook her forgetfulness, mood swings, and apathy as typical teenaged angst rather than a mental health concern. Pay attention to symptoms of inattention like these that will impact your teen’s life and, just as importantly, find ways to support your family member through a diagnosis such as ADHD.

4. Consult professionals.

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In all aspects of your loved ones’ health, you’ll always want to check with a professional for serious concerns. If a dangerous home problem is putting your family at risk, you’ll want to call a roofer, contractor, or another type of professional. When a serious injury or illness appears, you’ll take your child to a medical professional. If that’s a mental health concern, you’ll head to a psychiatrist, psychologist, or another mental health provider. Even as the head of the household, you can’t know everything or control every possible risk. However, you can have experts at the ready to fill in the gaps. Another important place to consult professionals is, unsurprisingly, emergency services. By making note of contact information for resources like poison control, your local animal hospital, and related services. Should an emergency strike, you won’t want to spend time seeking out the right phone number on Google or in the phone book. Instead, take time to save this information in an accessible location so your energy can be spent on what’s most important—caring for your family member.

5. Have plans in place for worst-case scenarios.

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Gathering contact information isn’t the only preparation you can make to be ready for an emergency. For example, you can create an escape plan in case of a fire or other natural disaster. Create a safety plan, then share it with your family. From there, be sure to review these plans regularly and even practice them to make sure every family member is prepared. Of course, you hope you won’t ever need these precautions for real but, if you do, you’ll be happy you took action well in advance to protect your family.

 

There’s no right way to ensure you keep your family safe. The best way to do so at any moment will depend on the situation at hand. However, taking precautions in advance and seeking out experts when needed can provide the support and knowledge you need to help you protect those you hold most dear no matter where life takes them.

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