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How to Make Your Home a Healthier Place for Kids to Live in

Younger children spend a majority of their time inside the house. If you don’t take the proper safety precautions, this can lead to unintentional health consequences. Here are some ways to make your home a healthier place for your kids.

Regulate the Temperature

Maintaining a stable temperature in your home can keep your kids more comfortable. Newborns and younger children lack the ability to regulate their own body’s temperature. Having a properly maintained heating system will allow you to be able to keep the temperature constant. This can help to keep your kids from getting sick. It also can help everyone sleep better through the night. You don’t want to have to be constantly getting up at night because your kids are either too cold or too hot.

Install Window Guards

As warmer weather approaches, you may be considering opening up your windows more. Getting some fresh air into your home has many positive benefits. It clears out the allergens that built up during the winter season. This can help your kids to breathe a little easier. It may even help to reduce asthma risks. Windows also pose a safety hazard for kids. Thousands of kids are injured each year due to falling out of open windows. Install window guards so that the window can only open a few inches.

Lock up the Cleaners

Cleaners and detergents serve a useful purpose in the home. They keep your house and your clothes clean. This prevents everyone from spreading too many germs and being constantly sick. Unfortunately, these same cleaners present a poisoning risk for your children if they’re ingested. Keep them out of the reach of your kids. You can do this by placing them on high shelves that are inaccessible to children. Another solution is to put them into a locking cabinet.

Remove the Pests

A home that is infested with bugs doesn’t always have to be a filthy place. Certain climates are more prone to insects as the weather starts to warm up. These same bugs are tracking in germs that can make your kids sick. It’s important to control these infestations safely. Pesticides can impact you and your family’s health. Use chemicals that are safe around kids and pets. This will make your home a healthier place for the whole family.

You can do many things around your home in order to make it healthier. Get down on your kids level and investigate the way that they see the world.

Tim Esterdahl

Tim Esterdahl is the editor of IFCS blog. He is a married father of three and enjoys golf in his spare time.

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