As a parent, you’re always looking for ways to improve your child(ren)’s lifestyle, provide opportunities for growth, and keep them safe (without too much ‘helicopter parenting‘). When it comes to the outside world, there is only so much you can do because of outside influences, change, and the natural order of things. However, when it comes to your home, you’re able to build a space that’s comforting, wholesome, supportive, and overall positive. Whether you’re a new parent or been doing this dance for many years, here are a few simple tips for creating a healthier family home.
1. Make it Child-Proof
When you have kids (and especially when they’re young!) you quickly realize that all kinds of innocent objects in your home are now potential sources of danger. So, child-proofing your home is a must to prevent accidents. Figures from the CDC show that a child is treated in the emergency department for an injury every four seconds. The good news is that there are many ways that you can child-proof your home to make it safe for your kids. From keeping cleaning products and medicines locked out of reach to placing covers in electrical outlets, protecting your children from potential hazards is a must.
2. Keep Up With Repairs
Whether your house is new or old, maintaining it is a must. While it can be tempting to ignore problems when they occur, taking action and getting them repaired fast is vital to ensure your home is a safe space for your family. Potential structural issues are especially important to investigate. So, if you notice cracks in your walls or an issue with your roof, contacting a roofing and remodeling contractor to take a look is crucial. If ignored, these problems with your roof can become severe and lead to further structural issues and leaks. Having these problems checked by a professional and then repaired will give you peace of mind and prevent the issue from worsening.
3. Improve Air Quality
While everyone knows that outdoor air can be polluted, few people realize that the indoor air quality in your home can be even worse! Smoke and traffic fumes are common sources of outdoor air pollution, but you be less aware of the indoor air pollutants that could impact air quality inside your home. Poor indoor air quality can worsen the symptoms of existing conditions, such as asthma or allergies. Indoor air pollution can also cause dizziness, fatigue, and irritation of the nose, eyes, and throat.
Being aware of the potential causes of air pollution will help reduce their presence in your home. Simple actions such as cleaning your air conditioning filters regularly, ensuring that your home is well-ventilated, and checking emission levels within your home are all important tasks. You can also consider purchasing a HEPA-certified air filter, too, to regularly clean and freshen up your interior.