Tips For Keeping Your Children Safe

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Natural disasters can hit anywhere you live. Hurricanes, lightning storms, flooding and deadly tornadoes are constantly in the news. This is stressful for adults but especially frightening for children. To alleviate some of the anxiety it’s important to be prepared and have a plan.

  • For any emergency situation, be sure to have a family evacuation plan that you have reviewed with your kids. This should include which parent is in charge of getting the kids out of the house and what important objects or documents you must collect.
  • Decide upon a place away from your home where you can meet and choose an out-of-town relative or friend that you can call to be the point of contact if you are separated.


  • During lightning storms, shut off all electrical equipment including computers, TV’s and uplug any lines that lead from your computer to your phone.  With a home automation system such as Cox Homelife you can shut off appliances and lights even if you are away from home.
  • Contrary to popular belief, lightning can strike more than once in the same place. Do not leave shelter until a storm has passed safely.
  • If you are caught outdoors, avoid isolated trees in open areas and metal objects like wire fences and golf clubs. If no shelter is available immediately move to the lowest accessible spot and crouch down with your hands on your knees. Do not lie down!


  • Cover all windows and door openings with shutters or other shielding materials
  • Store drinking water in clean containers in the bathtub
  • Make sure any children’s toys or lawn furniture is locked away


  • When a tornado hits, head to a windowless room and head to the center of the room. Get under a piece of heavy furniture and hold on to it. Use your arms to protect your head and neck.
  • If you’re not within reach of shelter, leave your automobile and lie flat in a ditch or depression. Never try to outrun a tornado in your car.
  • Contrary to popular belief, you should never open your windows during a tornado. Keep them locked and shut and stay away from them during a storm.

Above all, print out a safety checklist to ensure that you and your family are prepared. This should include:

  • Batteries for flashlights and radios
  • Flashlights
  • Canned and dry food that requires no preparation
  • Portable radios
  • Bottled water
  • First aid kit
  • Candles and matches
  • Manual can opener
  • Required medications
  • Sturdy shoes for all family members
  • Weatherproof outerwear for all family members

Remember if the power goes out so will your phone lines.  Look into installing a home security system such as Cox Homelife.  Unlike most other home security systems, cellular backup is provided free as part of your package.

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