Protect America, Yale Locks launch child safety initiative

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Thursday, September 4, 2014

AUSTIN, Texas—Home security provider Protect America and interactive door lock provider Yale Locks & Hardware have initiated a HomeSafe campaign targeting “Latchkey Child” safety as children return to school this fall, according to a Sept. 2 news release.

“Latchkey Child” is a term for children who return from school to an empty home. HomeSafe is an initiative providing parents with information and recommendations to help safeguard children during their time spent home alone. A downloadable brochure includes a checklist and emergency contact form to be filled out by parents and placed on the refrigerator, while the HomeSafe Fact Sheet displays interesting child safety infographics and tips.

Among the HomeSafe recommendations is to create an emergency plan with children, including who to call and where to go during a crisis. Parents are also advised to discuss possibly hazardous situations like strangers knocking on the door and to also have an “off limits” talk with their children. This can include gas stoves, knives, matches, pool use and medication.

In a prepared statement, Protect America President and CEO Scott Fleming said, “Obviously, parents can’t be everywhere, so having a simple plan is truly invaluable. With that in mind, we hope the HomeSafe campaign will provide families with the information they need to have those important discussions.”