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Moving into a new house is a stressful experience at the best of times, add kids into the mix and it is a whole different ball game. There are a number of things you need to consider in order to get your new home safe and ready for the little ones. Here are some quick tips to make your house a safe haven:

 

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1. Redecorate With Caution

One of the first things that most people do after settling into a new home is to whip out the paintbrushes and start redecorating. However before you do this there are a few things to consider:

 

  • Stripping wallpaper – If you need to strip old wallpaper make sure you clean it up as you go along, you don’t want the kids putting it in their mouths.

 

  • Sanding walls – When sanding walls it is always a good idea to keep children out of the room as you don’t want them to breathe in any dust or harmful poisons. It’s also a good idea to wear a mask yourself to avoid inhaling the same harmful stuff.

 

  • Painting – If you are using a ladder to paint make sure it is stable and be sure to put it away when you are finished as you don’t want it to tip over onto your child. It;s also a good idea to keep paint buckets out of their reach as this could get messy very quickly!

 

2. Prevent Tumbling Tots

We all know that once kids are able to walk there is no stopping them. They continually climb onto furniture and like to explore their surrounding even though their balance is not yet 100%.  Make sure you install baby gates at the top and bottom of stairs and window guards to minimise the risk of your little one toppling over.

 

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3. Be Prepared In The Event Of A Fire

One of the last things you think about when you move house is to check the fire alarms. This is extremely important for the safety of both you and your children and it is essential that you make sure all smoke alarms have working batteries in them. It is also a really good idea to create and practice a new fire escape plan with your little ones. Have two different escape routes planned out and why not get a stopwatch to time the kids, making the experience enjoyable is a good way to get them invested in the task at hand.

 

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4. Check Carbon Monoxide Levels

Carbon monoxide is a gas that you can’t see, smell or taste and that is why it is important that you have carbon monoxide alarms installed throughout your new home, especially near bedrooms. Small children are the most at risk of carbon monoxide poisoning and symptoms include nausea, drowsiness and headache. Carbon monoxide alarms are not a substitute for smoke alarms as they detect different things so make sure you have both a smoke alarm and a carbon monoxide detector installed.

 

5. Position Furniture Carefully

When positioning furniture in your new home it is critical to think about it from the perspective of your children. Make sure all TV’s are secured to the wall to lower the risk of them falling on top of your little one. It is also a good idea to make sure there are no sharp corners around the house that could cause your little one a serious injury. If you have children younger than 5 don’t forget to safeguard your plug holes and hide away any wires or electrical items that are within reach of the kids.

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