Monday, 27 February 2017

Tips for a healthy home

A lot of the time when we talk about home health and safety, burglar alarms and CCTV cameras might be the first thing that spring to mind. But threats from the outside are not the only things that can cause harm to you and your family. In fact, there are plenty of things inside the home that can be problematic as well if you aren't aware of them. Keeping reading to find out more!

Stairs

Unless you live in a bungalow your home will have stairs, maybe even several sets. But stairs are one of the most common sites of injury and harm in the family home. This can be for a number of reasons. Firstly, particularly steep steps can be difficult to navigate for those with less than perfect mobility. 


In addition, the material that covers them (such as paint or varnish) can be slippery and cause unnecessary accidents. 

Accidents in this area can even be because there is no rail to help people support their weight when climbing or descending the stairs.

If you are concerned as to whether your staircase is the most healthy for your family’s safety then investing in a stair gate can be helpful for peace of mind. Then you know that no one will be climbing them without supervision, and it will discourage children from using the stairs for indoor sliding games too.

Irritants

We often forget that there are a lot of everyday substances in our home that are potential irritants. Things like cleaning products, washing liquids, pet hair, and even water can cause skin or breathing problems in some people.

If your family is suffering from itchy or irritated skin, it may be due to one of the factors above. So try switching cleaning products to something less powerful.

You could consider getting a water softener like the Nuvo H20 DPHB Home Salt Water Softener System, or one of the others featured on the WaterSoftenerGuide Magazine. These will remove many of the mineral deposits in your washing water that can cause irritation.

However, if you think that it is pet hair that is causing the problems you may need to think carefully before bringing a new pet like a dog or cat into the home.

Heavy objects

Not many people think about the dangers of a heavy object to their families health but unsecured heavy objects can be very dangerous. 

This is a particular concern for small children who are just learning to walk. Shelves often seem like an easy way to climb or support themselves but they can easily fall and injure an infant if they are not fixed to the wall properly. Add to that any heavy objects on the shelf, and you can see why this is such a concern in the home!

To deal with this make sure all of your shelves are bracketed to the wall. Also avoid putting heavy or sharp object on higher shelves, even if you think they are out of reach. 

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