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Are You Thinking About Safety At Home?

By Peppertan

If a home is one thing, one thing at all, it’s a safe place. Well, it should be. Since the dawn of time, home has meant a roof over the head, some kind of wall and at the bare minimum, some protection from the environment and the dangers of the outside world. That’s a home, and that’s what is afforded to us when we buy or rent our own place. We get the walls, the doors, the roof and we get that protection. That’s basic, though. Everyone gets that when they buy their own place! Some real danger? It can come from within.
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When we think of making our home a safe place, and when we start truly thinking about safety in the home we need to think of two things. Firstly, we need to concern ourselves with the physical condition of our home – is it safe for our bodies? Will our children be hurt or injured by anything? We also need to think about how our home is for our minds. If we aren’t comfortable in our home, our mental health can suffer, and that needs to be taken as seriously as our physical health. If we ignore the home and what lies within it, it can take its toll on our physical and mental health. That is a huge worry, especially when there are kids in the house.

When kids or other people are in the house, we need to seriously think about physical safety. If you have younger children in the home, you need to think of them as what they truly are – tiny humans that don’t know anything unless they are told. Kids are curious, so keep any dangers out of sight and out of reach. It is never too early to start educating your kids about dangers in the home and when they are really young, keep them in sight. As they get older, they have more responsibilities regarding personal safety and hygiene, but when they are kids – that falls onto your shoulders as a parent. What’s more – every kid has different safety and health needs, some might be diabetic or allergic to certain foods, others might fall ill from dust. This means that there are other considerations we need to take in regards to safety in the home – making sure no offending foods are in it and ensuring that dust is cleaned and the house is sterile. It also wouldn’t hurt to have something like the Emerg-A-Center around, as well as some knowledge of first aid. When it is your home, it becomes your responsibility and nobody else’s.
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A home needs to be relaxing, and it needs to be yours to ensure your mental health doesn’t suffer – but making it a safer place to live, relax and play in? That will make it a better place to be in general and will take a lot of worries away from you. Home? It’s safety if anything, so take safety in the home into your own hands.

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