We all want our homes to be safe havens, but it becomes increasingly important to create a secure sanctuary when you have children. As a parent, your number one priority is keeping your child safe and making sure they’re happy and content. Providing a comfortable, serene environment is key. If you’re expecting, you’ve recently welcomed a new addition, or you’re already running around after a toddler, here are some tips to help you prevent accidents and secure your home.
Childproofing Your Home
When you become a parent, you automatically worry that everything around you is a hazard. You might have always thought that your home was a safe haven, but on closer inspection, it may be harboring dangers that could pose a risk to children. There are multiple ways to childproof your home. One of the best ways to go about this is to research common accidents and gain an insight into hazards and threats. Once you’re aware of the risks, you can take a good look around your home and address any potential accident spots. Installing stair gates is a great idea once children start to move around, and it’s also wise to invest in plug covers and drawer and cupboard locks to prevent tiny fingers from coming into contact with electric sockets, household cleaning products and medicines.
Once you’ve carried out a risk assessment indoors, step out into the garden and inspect fencing, paving and patios. Fence off ponds and water features, repair any cracked paving stones or decking panels and set up a child-friendly area.
Protecting Your Home From Unwanted Visitors
We all love to welcome friends and family to our homes, but thieves and pests are not likely to make it onto the guest list. Unfortunately, there is a risk of your home being breached or targeted by either animals that are looking to take advantage of a free meal or a warm, dry, cozy loft, or humans searching for an opportunity to steal valuables. The most important golden rule to bear in mind when it comes to household pests is act early. If you spot droppings, you hear noises coming from an attic or chimney, or you’ve seen raccoons, birds or swarms of wasps in the garden, seek advice from wildlife eviction specialists. Pests can reproduce rapidly and they can cause extensive damage in a short space of time. Addressing the problem swiftly will save you money and give you peace of mind.
None of us want to think about our homes being ransacked by burglars, but there is a risk of thieves targeting any home. To protect your nest and your family, it pays to invest in deterrents. Cameras, burglar alarms, outdoor lighting, security gates and tall fencing can all make thieves think twice about targeting a property. It’s also critical to make sure your doors and windows are locked before you go to bed or leave the house and to try and make it look as though somebody is home if you go away. You can do this by leaving a car parked in the driveway, asking your neighbors to collect your mail for you and using technology to switch lights on and off on a timer. If you are going away, and you plan to share photos on social media or tag yourself in a different country or state, ensure your profile is private. You don’t want to advertise the fact that your home is currently empty.
Reducing The Risk Of Accidents
Parents worry about their children having accidents from the moment they enter the world. It’s impossible to avoid every accident, but there are steps you can take to make your home a safer place. Slips and trips are very common, especially during the formative years when children are not always steady and stable on their feet. To protect them, make sure stairways and corridors are free from obstacles and trip hazards, conceal cords and wires and use stair gates to block off dangerous exit routes. Keep candles out of the reach of little fingers and make sure furniture, for example, chests, bookcases and display cabinets, is secured firmly. When children start to crawl and toddle around, they have a tendency to grab at anything close to them, and if a unit isn’t fixed to the wall, there is a risk of it falling. Another hazard for parents to be wary of is poisoning. If you have cleaning products, drugs, cosmetics, products for the garden or alcohol at home, keep these items under lock and key.
Life is hectic when you’re a parent, and it’s always beneficial to have a tranquil space to retreat to when you want to enjoy some time out alone or you want to relax with your children or your partner. Away from bustling kitchens and playrooms, set aside an area where you can read books, listen to music or simply lie back, close your eyes and enjoy a moment’s peace. Depending on your budget and the amount of space you have available, you could use an existing room, or even think about converting an attic, basement or part of a garage or adding a garden room or a log cabin. Choose colors that soothe, such as neutrals and pastel tones of blue, purple and green, add soft furnishings to create a cozy vibe and stick to low-level lighting. It’s also crucial to make sure your bedroom is a serene space. Sleepless nights are par for the course when you have a young child, but they don’t last forever. If your bedroom is comfortable and it has a calming ambiance, this will help you to sleep. Opt for subtle shades, declutter, block out light at night and try and make your room a tech-free zone.
Safety is a priority for every parent. Accidents are inevitable when you have children, but it is possible to minimize risks and try and create a safe haven. Carry out a risk assessment, note down potential hazards indoors and outdoors, and address red flags. Protect your home from thieves and pests, take steps to lower the risk of accidents and injuries and set aside quiet areas to recharge your batteries and take some time out.
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