Having children means that your priorities change overnight. You start thinking about them, their needs, wants and most importantly their safety first. When it comes to house renovations, things can get really messy, and you don’t want to have to worry about your kids getting sick or injured while you’re working. This is why we’ve prepared a brief guide for keeping children safe while you’re remodeling.
Renovations often include at least a bit of demolition and construction which usually turns the house into a construction site and leaves a mess. When building materials are being demolished, they send pollutants into the air including debris, dust, sand, and other harmful particles. In order to keep your children safe, you should think about different ways you can purify the air so that all of you can breathe more easily. Mold is especially tricky as many old houses have it, but it doesn’t show until the renovation starts. Using fans and spraying surfaces with water are good ways from keeping dust in the air and out of your airwaves.
Homes built before the 1980s usually have lead paint on the interior as well as the exterior walls. Lead is dangerous, and lead particles that reach your lungs can cause poisoning which can, in turn, have a devastating effect on children and their development. There are several lead paint removal procedures you can do on your own, but it would be safer to call professionals and keep yourself as well as your children out of the way until the job is done. Lead will affect virtually every system in the body, but the developing brains and nervous systems of children are under higher risk.
Another material that’s very common in older houses is asbestos. Because it’s a natural material with great traits, it was widely used in construction and building, so today you have traces of asbestos in flooring, ceiling, as well as insulating materials. Until the surface is disturbed, asbestos fibers are harmless, but if you happen to breathe them in, they will get lodged deep in the lungs, thus increasing the risk of lung cancer and lung disease with you and the children. If your house has asbestos and you plan on renovating, it’s best to hire asbestos removal service and keep your family away until they finish. Asbestos removal requires that you have a special aspirator, so it’s best to leave it to professionals.
We all have our habits, and children don’t always understand that their favorite playroom is out of limits for a while. If the area you’re planning on renovating is a room that your children use frequently, you have to think about finding them a new place to spend time in. the same goes for kitchens and bathrooms, as these are places everyone in the family is going to need to use at some point. An alternative arrangement has to exist so everyone is happy: small fridge with sodas and snacks can be placed in another room, the guest bathroom should always be available (along with hygiene products), or you can talk to your neighbors and ask for permission to use their bathroom in case of emergency.
Parents have a lot of things to worry about and to do, but children’s safety is always a priority. When you take time to prepare for renovation and you talk to your kids openly about any dangers during the process, you can be sure they’ll do their best to stay out of trouble. Still, it’s good to keep an eye on them just in case, as they are known for mischief and curiosity, and you want to keep them safe and sound for as long as you can.