Safety at homeSafety at home is a fundamental concern. Lives are becoming increasingly fast-paced and time is always a commodity that is in short supply. This means that you need more guidance on safety measures and knowledge of the dangers surrounding you at home and you need this knowledge at your fingertips. As the World continues to advance at a rapid rate, new and improved technology and innovations mean that there are more things to be worried about but fortunately this is mirrored by more efficient solutions to your everyday problems. Not so long ago, the major concerns of the parent revolved around keeping dangerous chemicals or objects out of the reach of their children and pets. Now the list of possible dangers is seemingly endless.
  • Spread of viruses and illness
The global population is increasing at an exponential rate and outbreaks of epidemics are inevitable in the current climate. Swine/bird flu and Ebola are recent examples of devastating widespread problems in Africa and abroad and they threaten your safety at home. To a lesser extent, flu affects us all. The presence of children makes nits and lice a reality. Be vigilant by placing disinfectant soap at your basins and regularly wash your hands and encourage your children to do the same. Another proactive solution is to get your house checked for pests every few months - pest infestations will likely spread disease.
  • More products are electrical
Many of our modern products and appliances are automated and in many cases digital. Some fridges are so smart that they do your grocery shopping for you. Because we have more 'things' in our lives, more of them run off the central power circuit. This fact makes the risk of fire a real possibility. In the winter months, gas heaters increase this risk even more and old houses are even more vulnerable. Make sure that your house has an electrical clearance certificate when you purchase it. This will give you the peace of mind that your safety at home is not at risk.
  • Allergic reactions
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The movement towards the usage of natural and eco-friendly products might have, (in theory at least), reduced the occurrence of allergic reactions. However, many people are actually allergic to plant products that are used in cleaning materials and may develop a rash if their skin is exposed to them. Dust and dust mites in carpets, upholstery and curtains also spur on allergic reactions and compromise your safety at home. An efficient way of eliminating dust and dust mites is to get these items thoroughly cleaned or upholstered every six months.
  • Security beams
Security measures have become less of an eyesore. Gone are the ugly electric fences - replaced by modern wireless beams that protect the outskirts of your property to prevent intruders from even reaching your house. These are innovative and effective, but stray branches and plants can compromise their performance and set off false alarms in the dead of the night which is most inconvenient. Keep plants and bushes well-trimmed so that this doesn't happen.
  • Internet safety
Safety at home also applies to the internet. You should always keep an eye on the online activity of your children. It should be monitored strictly, with schedules for particular times. Knowing your children's passwords for their internet profiles isn't invasive, it’s safe.
  • Pools
Access to pools should always be restricted by fences or lockable gates and also covered by nets when not in use. This is in an ideal world at least. In the modern world pools are trendy and, if the budget allows it, they have rim-flow features. This allows them to be accessed directly from living areas and this is a genuine concern when it comes to safety at home. The risk of children drowning increases dramatically because of this. Use common sense and be extremely vigilant when it comes to your pool. Keep it clean at all times so that you're able to see anyone in distress in the water.
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The importance of safety at home is becoming increasingly important and should always be prioritised. Your health and safety can be compromised by a variety of factors in all parts of your home. It is therefore vital that you are always aware of these factors and proactively guard against them.   Image Credit: Wallpaper Wide HD  
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