When we start considering ways to make our homes better, we automatically consider renovation. However, keeping a healthy home should be a top priority, especially if we have kids. Unfortunately, not a lot of people think about how to better their homes in that manner. We are all too concerned with having updated kitchens and bathrooms instead. But new cabinets can’t contribute to your family’s physical well-being.
So, what’s to be done?
Perhaps after reading that intro you are asking, “So, what’s to be done?” That is an excellent question, and lucky for you, we have some helpful answers. If those answers have value for you, you might also appreciate this resource. But for, now, keep reading our suggestions:
- Install a whole house reverse osmosis system. Water is essential to our overall health, but many homes on city and well water run the risk of contamination. Though the effects may take a long time to be revealed, contaminated water is still a source of chronic problems later.
- Replace bad or poorly constructed windows. You would be surprised how many kids end up in the ER due to falling out of windows. You could consider adding bars or simply replacing windows that are easily opened by children.
- Guard your stairs. This is particularly important if you have young children in the house. Placing a baby gate at the top and bottom of the stairs can help ensure you know when your kids are trekking up or down them.
- Perform Radon testing. Another shocker, one in fifteen homes tests positive for high levels of Radon. This is a radioactive gas that can cause lung cancer. It can’t be seen or smelled, so if it is present in your home currently, you would never know. Learn more.
- Don’t skimp on smoke detectors. And, don’t let their batteries wear out without immediately replacing them. Kids younger than five are twice as likely to be killed in a home fire as older children and adults. Put a smoke alarm on every floor and in every room of your home.
- Keep carbon monoxide monitored. Flu like symptoms, without the fever, can be produced by even low levels of carbon monoxide. Like Radon, it is odorless and colorless. Consider putting carbon monoxide alarms in the house to ensure that your children are not being poisoned while they sleep.
- Use non-toxic pest control options. While some of the bigger brands may be the first that come to mind when you are dealing with a best issue, that doesn’t make them safe. Consider using products that are all natural. You can learn a lot more about that here.
- Keep poisonous products locked up and out of reach. When it comes to the dangers of poisoning, one million kids are poisoned each year. And, that is because they have ingested common household products. Be hypervigilant about keeping these substances locked up and very far away from little hands.
- Limit the amount of irritants and allergens in your home. Kids breathe more air than adults do in a pound for pound comparison. So, don’t smoke in the house. Get rid of water-damaged carpet and other items as soon as possible. Don’t keep the house closed tight when you are cleaning or painting; open up the windows and doors. And, change your filters!
By following these simple, though important tips, you can keep your house healthy, and your family too!