A great majority of us spend more than half of our lives in a small place we call home. Unfortunately, not many of us realise that the safety of our domiciles can actually have an impact in our health, especially our kids. Just imagine, an unsafe home can expose you and your family to injuries, illnesses, and other harms that would otherwise not be there if we care enough to make every square centimetre of our homes truly safe. Here are some safety tips to help you ensure healthier living.
Be especially cautious when working with hot liquids and surfaces.
The kitchen is one of the most dangerous places in your home, especially for kids. And while it is amusing to see on TV a 6-year old create fabulous dishes with the flair of a Michelin Starred chef it clearly is no laughing matter if your kid gets burned or scalded because of hot pans, hot stoves, and even boiling liquids and oils. It is best to restrict your kid’s access to your kitchen, unless you’ve already trained him or her to be a much better cook than you are.
Keep those bugs out.
Unless your kid is going to be an entomologist someday, you’d definitely want to keep the bugs out from your home. Mosquitoes don’t only bring dengue, malaria, and other diseases, but these can also bring itchy discomfort for you. Ticks, fleas, and mites have no place inside the home. And while you can put a screen on your windows to keep flies, mosquitoes, and other airborne bugs out, ants, cockroaches, fleas, and ticks will require a different approach. Controlling these bugs is crucial.
Keep all sharp objects in their proper storage.
Knives and other bladed items should always be kept in their respective storage compartments. This is especially true if you have kids in the home. It is also imperative that you keep all nails, screws, saws, screwdrivers, and other items that have sharp edges in locked tool boxes and other similar contraptions.
Keep your house clean and tidy.
This is perhaps the best thing you can do to ensure healthier living right in your home. Just think of it this way, if you don’t clean your home dust, dirt, and other particles may accumulate over time. If you have allergies or perhaps one of your family members has respiratory or skin allergies or even pulmonary problems, then you are exposing him or her to harm. These particles can enter the lungs and cause inflammation, narrowing the airways, and making it quite difficult to breathe. The same is true with a house that is full of clutter. You won’t see the objects that might injure you such as nails and other sharp objects. As such, if you want to ensure healthier living, make sure you clean your home regularly and frequently.
Keep all chemicals in a secure place.
The modern house is filled with a lot of chemicals from cleaning products to detergents, bleaches, insecticides, and other items that contain seemingly harmless chemicals. For you these may not be harmful, but for your kids or even your pets (if you have any) these can be dangerous. Automotive antifreeze, lubricants, and other fluids can be dangerous as well. Sadly, kids don’t have a clue whether or not these items pose any threat to their health and safety. It is your job to keep them safe by making sure that all potentially dangerous chemicals are stored in a secure place. And yes, this includes your medications.
Be careful with electrical appliances, outlets, and fixtures.
Every year, hundreds of individuals get the shock of their lives because of faulty electrical wiring. Even if you have the best electrical system at home if you don’t protect it from your very curious child, then you’re bound to court disaster. Very young kids are known to experiment as part of their growing need for exploration. Many kids get electrocuted because they insert their fingers or some metal object into an electrical outlet. Many also play with electric appliances. Make sure to keep a watchful eye on your kid.
Keeping your home safe is crucial to guaranteeing the optimum health of everyone, be it you, your kids, or anybody else in your family. With these simple home safety tips, you’re now more empowered to ensure healthier living.