7/18/17

Is Your Home as Safe as It Should Be?


By on 7/18/2017 07:26:00 AM


As both a mom and a woman, it’s highly likely that you spend a lot of time trying to get your home just right. Now, not only is this going to be because you’re house proud, because all of us are in our own ways, but also because you want to provide a happy home for your family. A huge part of that happy home process is going to be making sure that it’s comfortable, healthy and safe too. And as a mom, you definitely want to make sure that the latter is on that list.

But, is it always easy to tell that your home is as safe as it should be? Whether you want to make sure that it’s ready to become a household with kids when you have your first child, or you want to make sure that your entire troop is free from hazards at any point in time, making sure that your home is safe isn’t always as easy as it sounds. But, it doesn’t have to be an impossible process.

Check Your Home Safety Features.  First of all, you’re going to want to take home safety in it’s most basic sense. You’re going to want to make sure that your home is not only safe but secure too. These security tips should help you out yourlocalsecurity.com/security-tips.html. But as a minimum, you’re going to want to make sure that your alarm system works and that all of your doors lock as they should.
 
Test Your Fire Alarm.  You’re also going to want to make sure that you’re protected in the event of a fire. Most homes will be equipped with the right level of fire alarms, but if yours isn’t, you’re going to want to change that and fast. You should also test them on a regular basis just to make sure they are still working properly. You may also find that having a fire extinguisher in the house is also a good precaution.
 
Use Safety Guards.  Then you should start to think about the physical suitability of your home for child safety. It’s important to take steps that can prevent any falls. For this, a stair gate is a great child-proofing must-haves to invest in (but some of the other things on that list are also great for this topic too). They can be used to block rooms as well as stairs, which is another great safety idea.
 

Cover Up Those Corners.  Next, it's onto the corners. We all have sharp edges around the home, and when you have babies, toddlers, or young children, you’re going to want to make sure that nobody falls and hurts themselves on a sharp corner. There are products you can buy for this (like in the must-have list), but you also have options like these http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Baby-Proof-Sharp-Corners-on-the-CHEAP/ to work with as well.
 
Keep Doors Locked. There are rooms that we have in our house that we don’t want small children to go in without supervision - like the kitchen or bathroom for starters. If you want to be able to keep your children out of rooms that have risks in them, be sure to keep the doors locked. You can even buy devices that keep them shut and ‘child locked’ so that little fingers can’t get into them easily.

Do The Same With Drawers.  But you should also think about doing the same with drawers. In the kitchen or even elsewhere in your house, there are places that your children could get into and harm themselves (like the knife drawer!). So, you’re going to want to put drawer locks on to stop this from happening. Or, you could be sure to keep dangerous items well out of reach.
 
Invest In Safety Locks.  Then there’s also the issue with appliances. Unfortunately, small hands can find their way to the oven, even when you’ve taken every precaution to keep them away from it. So, you may want to invest in things that have safety locks on them. This can definitely be the case with modern oven hobs, so definitely look into options. This also applies for plug socket covers if you want to keep fingers safe from them too.
 

Have Good Ventilation.  But the other side to keeping your home safe is less about physical safety and more about health. If your home is going to be safe for your entire family to live in, it should be clean and healthy too. So, you’re going to want to make sure that your home is well ventilated at all times. This should prevent any mold and mildew growing and help you to avoid any issues with damp too.
 
Avoid Allergens.  At the same time, you’re going to want to make sure that you avoid allergens around the home too. If you have pets, be sure to clean up after them and ensure that your fabrics and the air aren’t filled with anything harmful to your family. You should also take care not to attract rodents into your home or garden by leaving out food.
 
Avoid Toxins.  Next up, you should be sure to do the same when it comes to toxins. You make not realize it, but some of the cleaning products that you use could be harmful to your home and your family. But, something like the www.cleanhappens.com/products/new-baby-essentials-kit is all natural, meaning that you can keep everything safe and clean without chemicals. Then, as your children live and play, you know that your home isn’t putting them at risk.
 
Have A Thorough Cleaning Process.  And finally, you’re also going to want to make sure that your home is thoroughly clean. When you have a toddler crawling around and getting into everything, it’s important that they’re not getting dirt all over them and them putting bits in their mouth. So, following a house cleaning checklist and making sure you stay on top of the places that your kids have contact with could really help. That way, you’ll know what your home is clean, healthy, and super safe for your family.

About Angela

Angela is a freelance writer and blogger, blessed with 3 daughters, 4 cats, 1 needy dog, and 1 very supportive husband.

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