One of life’s greatest joys is raising children. It’s also one of the hardest jobs on the planet. You worry about them as babies – are they getting enough to eat? You worry about them as toddlers – did they swallow that tiny battery? You worry about them as teenagers – will they make it home safe?
Worrying about your kids never ends, it just changes over time. And no matter how prepared you think you are, something’s sure to catch you off guard and pose a potential danger to those blessed bundles of joy – even if they’ve discarded the baby blanket for a superhero cape or uber-cool hoodie!
For instance, accidental poisoning is one of the top five causes of death for children below the age of 19 in the United States, according to the CDC. In recognition of National Poison Prevention Week, March 19-25, now’s the time to examine your house for poison dangers and keep the surprises, and the emergencies, to a minimum.
Is Your Medicine Cabinet Secure?
To younger children, those little pills kept in your medicine cabinet look like yummy, pop-in-your-mouth candy. To an older child or teen, they might seem like a quick, easy and cheap way to get high. Either scenario is likely to end badly.
With a smart home security system from ASI, you can protect your children from a possible overdose or temptation. You can even claim to have eyes in the back of your head. Well, almost. With Unexpected Activity notifications on your Alarm.com app, contact or motion sensors placed in dangerous or forbidden areas, like your medicine cabinet, alert your mobile device any time they’re accessed outside your normal routine.
Is Your Laundry Room Protected?
Laundry rooms contain many potential poisoning dangers, but they’re often located in hard-to-secure areas like a basement, which often doubles as a playroom for children. And those colorful laundry pods that pose a particular danger to children? Just keep them out of your laundry room!
If you can’t lock your laundry room, try placing motion sensors in the area of your washer and dryer to know when unexpected activity might be occurring. Do you typically do laundry on the weekends? By analyzing the data generated by your Alarm.com-connected devices, our Insights Engine learns your family’s unique activity patterns, detects unusual activity occurring at 7 p.m. on a weeknight, and immediately lets you know.
Is Your Liquor Cabinet Teen-Proof?
While our teenagers may think of us as old fogeys who know nothing about modern technology, you can show them you know a thing or two with the Unexpected Activity smart home feature on your home security system.
Just like the medicine cabinet, you can place sensors on your liquor cabinet to alert you when something out the ordinary is going on (like a teen sneaking booze with their friends). The best thing about the Unexpected Activity notification feature is that you don’t have to do anything to set it up. Alarm.com’s Insights Engine works proactively as part of your smart home security system and you can train it to adapt to certain conditions.
We know raising kids is tough, and no one ever wants to deal with an overdose or poisoning emergency. Let ASI help you take the guesswork out of raising a happy and healthy family.