Preparing for a home renovation always brings the same planning processes, but one thing that people fail to include in their planning is how they’re going to make sure their children are as safe as possible throughout.
From the moment you start to plan your home renovation, you must keep your child’s safety in mind, from the first decisions such as workmen and contractors, to the simplest of things such as locking doors and storing tools away. If you’re due to have a home renovation soon and need some tips on how to ensure your home is as safe as possible, continue reading for some useful pointers.
Hiring the Right People
It can be difficult to know exactly who you’re dealing with when you start to look for contractors and builders to work on your home renovation, but its important to be as thorough as possible at this stage. These people are going to be entering your home on a daily basis, spending long periods of time at your home and coming and going throughout the week, so you need to have some trust. It’s important for you to feel comfortable with these people in your home, especially when you have your little ones around. You need to know that they have safe equipment and that they’re going to be considerate of your children and help to ensure they are safe throughout the renovation. You can find a selection of very safe equipment on the LGSE website, so you can familiarise yourself with those and ask your contractors what they intend to use, giving you a clearer idea on what they’ll be using.
Keep Areas Sectioned Off
Once the work starts on your renovation project, it’s important to make it clear to your little ones where they can and cannot go. To avoid confusion, start by blocking off certain areas that will be off limits for the whole project, this way you won’t have your children going anywhere near these areas at any point during the work, which eliminates any risk altogether. By keeping certain areas sectioned off, you can control exactly where your children are going to have access too, and ensure these areas are as safe as possible at all times.
Set Clear Rules
We all know that our children like to explore, it’s what makes them so wonderful! But when you have serious building work going on, the last thing you want is them wandering off or playing with something they shouldn’t. Set some clear rules from the first day of the work so that it’s clear to your children the do’s and don’ts throughout the project. The following rules are good examples of what to set for your children:
– No entering the building site/area without mummy or daddy
– No playing with ANY tools or items that don’t belong to you
– Always tell mummy and daddy when you want to play outside
Secure ALL Tools and Machinery Each Day
Tools can look like exciting toys in the eyes of a 4-year-old boy, especially when they make loud noises and look similar to some of the toys they may have in their toy box. This makes it very important for all tools to be stored away safely and securely at the end of each day, to prevent them landing in the wrong hands. Similarly, you need to ensure that any machinery used for your home renovation is switched off and locked, as you don’t want anyone playing on them or any potential accidents happening.
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