A Father’s Guide to a Safe Home

If you and your partner have been living in the same place for some time, then it’s pretty likely that it’s perfectly safe for two adults. However, when you bring a kid into the household, it’s a different story. Raising a kid is a unique joy which you can’t get from anything else, but making sure they’re always safe can be extremely nerve-wracking at times! You shouldn’t need to fear for your kids in your own home, so here are some important steps to child-proofing your home.

When you bring a kid home, you’re going to have to start worrying about your windows being open, probably for the first time in your adult life. Every year, thousands of kids end up in hospitals after taking a tumble out of a window. To ensure your kids don’t become part of this statistic, it’s important to look into installing some window guards. These are rows of bars (horizontal ones so it’s not quite like a prison) that can be fixed securely to outside window frames, but can be removed quickly in case of a fire. Furthermore, having blinds with a cord on a child’s window can be extremely dangerous, so look for some cordless blinds instead.

My next piece of advice is to rethink the way you’re carrying out pest control in your home. Rodents, ants, cockroaches and other kinds of pests can be extremely irritating, and pose something of a hygiene concern. However, the health risks associated with these pests are nothing compared to some of the sprays and agents you may have been using to get rid of them! When you use toxic pesticides on your home, it can contaminate the air your child has to breathe and the floor which they crawl on. This may not be causing any visible harm, but exposure to these chemicals can increase your child’s risk of developing neurological problems and cancer in later life. Instead of filling your home with toxic pesticides, work on preventing future infestations. Seal off all the cracks in your doors and walls, weather-strip your window, and make sure your kitchen is always meticulously clean.

Finally, be sure to guard your home against fires. When you’re a bachelor or living as a couple, fire prevention and smoke detector maintenance are probably the last things on your mind. Now that you have a kid, you need to be very aware of this risk. Children are in a lot more danger than adults during a domestic fire, as it’s much harder for them to escape on their own. Make sure you have a smoke alarm on every level of your home, including the basement. Official guidelines say you should be testing them monthly, but I’m in the habit of doing it every few weeks, whenever I remember it. It’s also a good idea to buy a small, multipurpose fire extinguisher and keep it in your room. These things can be a little confusing if you’ve never used them, so it may be worth stepping outside and giving yours a test run.



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