Children, especially those that are very young, are a lot more susceptible to disease and injury than adults are. Couple that with their natural curiosity and the desire to touch, see, and feel everything, and you could have a potential disaster on your hands. To ensure your house is safe, clean and healthy enough for your kids to run around happy and carefree, there are a few steps you can take, and we’re here to share them with you.
Be careful with toxic chemicals
It’s understandable that you want to keep your house as clean as you can, but you do need to bear in mind what kind of products you use around children. Most cleaning supplies are perfectly fine to use in households where only adults live, but kids have a nasty tendency to crawl around on their hands and knees and then put those same hands in their mouths. The harsh bleach you’re using might be potentially dangerous, so try using cleaners labeled as “biodegradable,” VOC-free,” or “nontoxic.”
Declutter the mess
Kids need room to play, and being surrounded by too many things presents a problem from everyone in the household. No need to hoard useless stuff that you’re never going to use again. Giving away old clothes, electronics, books, and clearing up the rooms where your kids spend most of their time reduces the chance of injury, and it also teaches them to be kind and generous.
Have alarms installed
Sometimes accidents just can’t be avoided. To avoid being caught by surprise, have smoke detectors installed in your home and basement, and make sure they are maintained regularly. You also want to keep a fire extinguisher at hand for emergencies.
Create good habits
Teach your kids to always clean up after themselves and to wash their hands frequently. The burden of keeping the place spotless shouldn’t be just on one person, both parents and their children should work together to make sure everything is tidy. Simple things, like always putting their toys away and washing hands before and after every meal without being constantly reminded can go a long way.
Have important phone numbers handy
Your child’s doctor, poison control, emergency services, your babysitter and similar phone numbers should all be kept in one place and always be within your reach. Pinning them on the fridge with a magnet is a good option. This way you’ll be ready no matter what happens.
Wash your towels and blankets often
Your bedding and the towels you use should be washed once a week to make sure there is no bacteria or dirt that could cause irritations. Clean, fresh sheets and blankets are a good way to avoid allergies, and your hand and face towels really need to be changed frequently because they are the perfect breeding ground for bacteria.
Make sure the air is clean
Open the windows to let the air in early in the morning and late at night, and keep all the rooms in your home well-aired. A good commercial air purifier can help you a lot if you or your children suffer from allergies because it purifies the air from small airborne particles and keeps the house safe. Badly-aired rooms can lead to a lot of respiratory issues, so you need to be careful.
One last thing to remember is to disinfect your child’s toys occasionally and to generally keep an eye on them and listen to their complaints. Oftentimes kids themselves know when something’s wrong, and they can let you know about it.