A family of four on their bikes outsideThis page provides practical information about protecting your family.

A Safe Home

The following safety items are important to have in your home:

  • A working smoke detector
  • A fully-stocked first aid kit
  • A fire extinguisher
  • Information about emergency room locations and emergancy contacts

If you have young children, Real Simple's Childproofing Checklist has practical suggestions for making sure your home is safe for your children.

You should also learn about Chatham-Kent's police and fire services.  

Internet Safety

Using the Internet safely is something everyone should learn about. You wouldn't want to download a computer virus, be charged for an unwanted online purchase, or have your child exposed to inappropriate web content. The following tips will assist your family establish safe Internet use guidelines.

Tips for Internet Safety

  • Password protect Internet access
  • Download software to protect your computer from harmful content and other Internet dangers
  • Find out how to block certain websites on your computer (Microsoft or Mac OS X), to limit or block your child's exposure to (online instant messaging, online shopping, inappropriate content)
  • Put your computer in a high traffic area
  • Talk to your children about the dangers of using, downloading from and interacting with others on the Internet 


Insurance plans are an excellent way of protecting your family financially. There are many options and providers, so it is important that you do your research. Settlement.org has excellent resources that can help you: