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´╗┐Ensuring Child Safety While Repairing Your Home


Children are not as strong as adults both mentally and physically and hence are easy victims of carelessness, accidents and health hazards. Therefore it is of utmost importance for the parents to keep their children within arms length so that they never get into trouble while the house is being renovated or repaired. Although a few disciplinary words or stern looks may suffice for older children they may however fall onto deaf ear as far as toddlers and extremely naughty children are concerned. In order to avoid the dangers that the child may be subjected to during the renovation and repair of your home it is always better to take a few important steps as a precautionary method.

The owners of the house being repaired must first ascertain the nature of the work that it being undertaken. In case the work is contractual in nature the owner must talk with the contractor and understand how he is going to go about the work. Usually in such cases the parents may try to take their child or children outside, leave them with neighbor's or relatives or take turns to look up the work in progress and provide their comments or suggestions to the contractor. However, in case of a do-it-yourself project child safety is extremely important as by and large the parents themselves would be at work with little chance of controlling their child or children. In such cases the owners must first of all set out with the task with a proper plan. As part of the plan they must give priority to the children's room. They may even decide to do the children's room first.

Under no circumstances should the children be allowed into the rooms where the repair is being done. Again, no chemicals or hazardous stuff should be kept within the reach of children. Spot those dangerous areas and seal them off from toddlers and even small kids who are less than four or five years old. Use of safety latches on cupboards, cabinet doors and drawers are a prerequisite before the repair work starts. Further, proper ventilation should be provided in the room where the children are placed or made to stay. Here too, avoid placing any stools or ladders as the child may use it to play with or climb up the window sill. Extra care should be taken to remove whatever dust that may arise during the course of repair for these may be hazardous for your child. For this purpose proper ventilation is a must and it must be seen that all work should be avoided during the extremely volatile weather conditions.

By properly accessing the work in the house and laying a proper plan as well as keeping a careful watch over the children's activities in turn you will be able to refurbish your house with ease and peace of mind.