The primary goal for parents is to make sure their children are safe. That’s why we put them knee pads when they are riding bikes. That’s why we teach them to cross the street only when the traffic light is green for pedestrians. That’s why we do everything we do. Unfortunately, one of the places where they should be the safest is filled with hazards, some obvious, others lurking around the corner. That doesn’t include only sharp corners, but also burglaries and polluted indoor air. If you want to keep danger at bay and make your home a safer place, here are top seven tips that will help you with that.
Childproof the Home
Wouldn’t you just feel happier if you didn’t have to keep such a close eye on your kids, so they don’t bump into some sharp corner? Childproofing gives you that piece of mind that you need, not only by covering these corners with foam edge bumpers, but also by using electrical cord shorteners, window restrictors, safety outlet plugs, locks, and latches. Some of the house parts that require the most thought are the bathroom, windows, and staircase.
You turn off the stove when you’re done cooking. You don’t smoke in the house. But is your house really fire-safe? No, there are latent fire sources you should pay attention to. Electrical wiring is one of the most common causes of fire. Call the professionals to test your wiring system and see if there is a need for replacement. For a quick fix, you can replace the circuit breakers with arc-fault interrupters that detect sparks and stop them before they start a fire. Other things you should keep an eye on are lint trays, loose outlets, old appliances and kitchen clutter. Also, you should make sure you always have a functional smoke detector and fire extinguisher in the house.
Clean the Air
Believe it or not, indoor air is often more polluted than outdoor air, and we are more exposed to it since we spend most of our time in the house. Children are especially in danger since they’re more sensitive to toxins. Before you act on this matter, identify the contaminants (mold, dust mites, pet dandruff, carbon monoxide, radon). Although all of these pollutants require somewhat different solutions, air purifiers and indoor plants proved to be quite effective in cleaning indoor air from various toxins.
Improve the Quality of Drinking Water
If you test the drinking water in your home, you’ll probably find more than a couple of things to be worried about. If you think that switching to bottled water will solve that, you’re wrong. Regardless of what the label says, you can never be sure this water is all that healthy. However, there is a solution – installing an in-house water treatment system. The most efficient one is a purifier that uses reverse osmosis filtration.
Green Up Your Cleaning Habits
Cleaning the house is, among other things, meant to protect kids, but considering the products we are using for cleaning, it can do quite the opposite. Some of them contain chemicals that can hurt children’s respiratory system, eyes and skin. The most vicious toxins that can be found in them are perchloroethylene, phthalates, chlorine, triclosan, ammonia, and sodium hydroxide. Avoid using them, and use natural cleansers which are made of safe ingredients such as lemon, vinegar, castile soap, baking soda, and tea tree oil.
Secure Your House
We hear about home intrusions every day on TV and read about it in newspapers, but somehow we think that can’t happen to us. Probably those people you read about yesterday thought the same. Don’t let the same happen to you and cover the most important points of your house: put bars on the windows, install security doors, get a monitored alarm system and keep the doors always locked.
Discourage Potential Burglars
Another thing you can do is to make your home less appealing for burglars. You will do that by lighting your home’s exterior (motion triggered lights are recommended), removing large bushes (especially the ones near the windows), placing a surveillance camera in a visible place and getting a dog.
The first step towards a safer home is acknowledging that your home hasn’t been safe, to begin with. After that, it will be easier to address issues one at a time, and finally, reach the point when you can claim you have your own safe haven.
Author’s Bio: Lana Hawkins is an architecture student and an advisory editor at Smooth Decorator. She enjoys writing about interior decoration and landscaping. Lana is interested in sustainability and green building, and that’s where she gets most of her inspiration.