Before you have kids, home improvement projects tend to focus largely on aesthetics or only doing the absolute minimum of what needs to be done. However, once you welcome children into your family, it is important to recognise that what may have been acceptable before may not now be a suitable environment for a young child.
However, child-friendly homes don’t have to be full of padded surfaces with toys strewn everywhere. While a safe and secure home is essential, it doesn’t have to come at the cost of your décor and personal tastes. At first, finding the right balance can be tricky, but once you find that happy middle ground, you can start enjoying your home again without the need to constantly worry about injury to your little ones.
If your home is prone to condensation or outbreaks of damp, it is important to work to address the issue as soon as possible. While damp and mould are not beneficial to anyone’s health, the negative impacts are felt more strongly in children. Plus, if left untreated, damp can spread, making it much harder to treat and eradicate in the long-term.
For serious cases of damp and mould, the best way to treat the issue is through damp proofing. Many homes in the capital suffer from damp, meaning that damp proofing is all the more important in London. Other methods to help prevent the arrival of damp include ensuring your home has a good air flow and fresh air circulation and installing extractor fans in areas such as the kitchen and bathroom.
Children love to explore, a passion which can often end in trouble as you discover your little ones somewhere they aren’t supposed to be! While most exploring, when supervised, is harmless, there are certain areas of the home which should always be a no-go zone for adventurous kids. One of these areas is the stairs. Falling down the stairs is a common injury, yet one which is easily preventable. With younger children, make sure to fit a secure safety gate at both the top and the bottom of the stairs and remember to keep it closed at all times.
For the safety of older children (as well as any unsuspecting adults) make sure that the handrail or balustrade on your staircase is strong and secure. It is also good practice to encourage kids not to leave any stray toys or possessions on the stairs, as these can be a significant trip hazard.
Height is Your Friend
For toddlers and younger children, it is vital to keep anything small firmly out of reaching distance. Many small children feel compelled to put things in their mouths, and anything small and unsuitable for youngsters could easily be a choking hazard. Similarly, you should always aim to keep items like knives, scissors, medicines and hot drinks out of the reach of curious fingers to avoid any unfortunate injuries or incidents.
As many parents will undoubtedly agree, having children is all about compromise. Whether it is compromising on the little things like watching their favourite TV show for the umpteenth time or agreeing on whose turn it is to get out of bed in the middle of the night for the third night running, we all make sacrifices for our kids. Sometimes, however, we have to make the right decision and recognise that the safety of our children is something which should always come first. With these projects, you can easily take the first step towards creating a happier and safer environment for your kids in no time at all!
DISCLOSURE – This post is in collaboration with Garratt’s Damp & Timber LTD.