Going to live and work in a foreign country can be an exciting experience, but it also comes with a unique set of challenges, especially if you are moving with a young child. Even if you end up in one of the happiest countries for expats, you never really know what to expect until you get there. Naturally, every new parent wants to be assured of their child’s safety, which is why you should do the following to ensure that your new home is secure for you and your family.
Be considerate when choosing your accommodations
You should start looking for a home in your new country long before moving there. If you are moving to a densely populated city like Beijing or Shanghai, you don’t want to rush this process as you might significantly limit your options and end up living in a bad neighborhood. You should also do extensive research on the place you intend to move to in order to know the current state of affairs, especially concerning security. For example, if you are moving to Hong Kong, you should move to a place that is not affected by the ongoing protests. You can do research online, from realtors, or by asking other expats who have been living there long enough to know such information.
Choose a home designed for children
The designs of the home you move to will differ depending on the location. For instance, if you move into one of the many traditional homes in Beijing’s Yonghegong area, you won’t have to do a lot to make your home safe for your child. However, if you move to an apartment-dominated area like Dongzhimen, your home might have some hazards for babies that you may not even realize until your baby is injured. Before buying or renting a home, have it inspected to find out whether or not it is safe for your child. If not, you should take the necessary steps to make your home safe for your child, such as installing gates at the top and bottom of stairs, installing a swimming pool fence, installing safety latches and locks, and securing furniture to the walls with brackets.
Install a strong security system
If you can, make sure that your new home has the latest and greatest when it comes to home safety and security systems. In places like Singapore where most homes are new, you will find homes that already have the latest security systems installed. You might have to install a new security system in other places with older homes like Gubei in Shanghai. First of all, your home should have proper fencing and access control to keep unwanted visitors out. You should have strong doors and locks installed as well as a surveillance system to keep an eye on everything. Additionally, your main living spaces should have carbon monoxide detectors and smoke alarms.
There are many uncertainties when you move to a new country, but one thing that you can’t afford to risk is the safety of your baby. By following the tips above, you can keep your baby safe and ensure he/she grows up happy and healthy even if you are thousands of miles away from your home country.
Sally Jackson is a professional freelance writer with many years experience across many different areas. She made the move to freelancing from a stressful corporate job and loves the work-life balance it offers her. When not at work, Sally enjoys reading, hiking, spending time with her family and travelling as much as possible.