Having a baby is a big deal. You need to change your lifestyle and parts of your house, too. You need to be cautious, as kids are always curious – parts of your house should be checked and might need to be changed because it’s full of potential dangers for your baby.
There are many cases in US from which kids have to visit the hospital after they got in an accident in their homes. These accidents are quite common for kids who are under five years old.
For instance, drowning and suffocation represent the main cause of death in children under the age of four. Falls are the most non-fatal accidents that happen. Fire also represents a risk for kids under the age of 11. Let’s not talk about the paint from the bedroom walls your child stays in.
It’s always good to be cautious; you just need to plan a bit and make sure you have all the preparation covered in order to let your kid explore in peace.
“What Can I Do to Protect My Baby from Fire”
As said earlier, fires represent a risk for your children. They may play with matches or lighters – and this is what usually starts fires in homes.
You need to get smoke alarms and install them in every bedroom and one in the kitchen, too. Also, you’ll have to check them every week to make sure they still work, and change the batteries from time to time. A common cause of deaths in house fires are because a working smoke alarm was not installed. It’s also good to keep a fire extinguisher nearby, and make sure you read the instructions carefully.
You need to remember that your child is more vulnerable to smoke inhalation carbon monoxide poisoning than you are, so you’ll need an early warning system to get out of the house. Carbon monoxide is the ‘silent killer’ of kids, as it cannot be smelled, seen or tasted. What’s worse is that not even smoke alarms can detect it. A carbon monoxide detector is a small investment for the safety of your family.
Overall, it’s a good idea to keep matches and lighters away from your kids. If you’re a smoker, keep your cigarettes with you at all times. Also, having an escape plan, in case of fire, is not a bad idea at all.
Choose Baby-Safe Paint for the Nursery
When it comes to choosing the safest paint for the nursery, you’ll want to go for a water-based product. It should have zero volatile organic compounds (VOC for short). The Zero VOC emission paint has less than 5 grams per liter of organic compound. This can be compared to the 50 grams per liter (sometimes less) in low VOC paint. You should also ask about a paint that does not need a primer, this way, you deal with fewer chemicals.
There are also some safe paints that have antimicrobial agents that will come in handy if you want to keep the mold and mildew at bay.