Childproofing your Home on the Cheap!

5 inexpensive ways to safeguard your home against childhood injuries

Many young parents are already strapped for cash. As a young mother, I hardly had two pennies to rub together. However, ignoring the dangers that exist in your home can result in serious injuries to your kids’ wellbeing–tragedies that could otherwise be avoided.

According to BabyCenter.com, children between the ages of 1 and 4 are more likely to suffer fatal accidents in their own home due to things like falling, drowning, choking, and ingesting poisons than they are to suffer injuries or death at the hands of a stranger.

Pretty scary thought that your children could suffer harm in their own home. I know I read about kids ending up in hospital emergency due to these types of injuries all the time. To safeguard my own brood, I implemented a few simple and affordable childproofing techniques in my home to increase safety in your home and minimize accidents.

Take the following common childhood injuries for example and learn how I prevented them in my own home… [Read more…]

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6 Simple DIY Safety Tips

With the rise of online tutorial videos, doing your own home improvement and auto repair has never been easier; but it’s important to remember that some of your everyday appliances can be dangerous if you don’t take precautions. Here are a few rules to follow so you can get all your projects done safely.

Wear safety gear

Any project that involves a saw, sander, trimmer, or pressure washer should also involve safety glasses. Serious eye injuries are uncommon in US workplaces because of laws requiring safety glasses—they occur far more often at home, because DIYers either forget or choose not to wear safety glasses. Prescription eyeglasses or sunglasses won’t cut it—they have a tendency to shatter, turning one high-speed sliver into a wave of plastic shards that can do even more harm to your eyes.

A respirator is also a good idea for projects that produce gases or particulate matter—if your sander is flinging paint dust, it can be extremely dangerous to work without a proper respirator. Talk to a professional to find out what kind of protection you need for your project. [Read more…]