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If you ask the average person where they feel the safest, they’ll probably tell you “at home.” Most of us see our homes as a place to relax with our families after a long day, not as a place of potential danger.
However, there are a number of common hazards that we and our families face in the comfort of our own homes, especially if we have young children or toddlers. Some of them we plan for and actively avoid, such as house fires. Others we neglect altogether.
In this article, we’re going to cover ten household hazards for your children that you can avoid by taking a few preemptive measures. Read on for the list.
It doesn’t seem like it, but your dishwasher can be a fire hazard and a safety concern if you have small children. Faulty wiring in dishwashers has caused a growing number of house fires, so be sure that yours is installed and maintained correctly.
When it comes to small children, dishwashers are low enough so that they can fall when holding onto them if they swing open. Furthermore, if a child does get the dishwasher open they could injure themselves on sharp utensils inside.
Unsurprisingly, injuries from falling down are some of the most common for small children. However, the most serious injuries often occur from windows. Be sure that your windows are locked in place when your children are left alone. You can buy inexpensive slide stops that will stop your windows from opening past a certain amount.
Keep cleaning supplies, medications, and other dangerous substances in a child-safety locked cabinet or on the top shelf of a closet, never within reach of small children.
Although many of these items come with “childproof” caps, the best method of prevention is keep them in a place that children can’t see or reach them.
4. Garbage cans
Adventurous toddlers or family pets can sometimes make their way into the garbage can. Problems arise when there are sharp or other dangerous objects in the garbage. Avoid this by using a garbage can with a locking lid and throwing sharp items in a sturdy plastic container, not in the regular garbage can.
Most of us enjoy the scent of a nice candle now and then. However, open flames and children and pets never mix well. Alternatives light electric candle burners or plug-in air fresheners are a safer way to keep the house smelling clean.
6. Dangling cords
The cords we use for our electronics aren’t just an eyesore--they can be extremely dangerous for small infants who can get tangled in them. Keep your power cords tied in small hoops. When possible, use Bluetooth enabled items to avoid them altogether.
7. Water hazards
When most people think of water hazards for children the first thing that comes to mind is the swimming pool. However, small children left unattended in bathtubs is equally dangerous. If your child likes to play with the taps on your bathtub, use a childproof doorknob cover for your bathroom door.
8. Space heaters
They’re useful for taking the chill off in the winter time, but a child should never be left in a room with a running space heater. They could knock them over, causing a fire, or burn themselves on the hot surface.
Trying to choose colors for the inside and outside of your home can be awfully tricky. Finding which shades mix in order to decorate your rooms can seem dizzying. With a little confidence and some knowledge, you’ll be able to find colors that you’ll love for a long time to come. Here’s some tips to help you find the right mix for your home’s color scheme.
Look For Inspiration
Whether you’re in your friend’s living room and see a color combo that you really love, or are looking in a magazine and see something unique, make note of it for your own uses.
Find Colors That You Can Live With
While bright green and orange may look cool together, can you really live with these hues in a room? Discover what colors make you feel a certain way. If the room is meant to make you feel calm and collected, you’ll want to find colors that are soothing to you and your soul. If the room is meant to be more energizing, you’ll want to pick a more vibrant, energetic color. Keep in mind that the color in a room affects the mood of the room.
Get Plenty Of Samples
From sample color swatches to small cans of paint samples, there’s plenty of resources at your local hardware store to get you started on finding the perfect colors for a room. Be sure to hold the swatches up in different lighting and see how they look in the space by going around the room from wall to wall. This will help you to see how the color will look once it’s actually painted on the walls in different lighting.
The next question that you’ll have once you get your paint up is what kind of colors will go well in this room. It’s good to have a few ideas in mind. If you already own a sofa, for example, start by working with that color. If the sofa is brown, for example, you may not want brown walls as well. Work with what you have first. If you’re buying new furniture and accessories, you may want to work with what you’re hoping to put in the room. The task of choosing colors for the interior of your home involves thinking about both design and function.
Nature Has Some Answers For You
If you really love the beach, think of the colors that are present there. There’s tan colored sand along with blue skies, blue water, and touches of green from seagrass, trees, and other plants. Nature’s color palette is quite extensive and the good news is that all of the landscapes match! It you look around in nature, you can get a great idea for the beginnings of a fantastic color scheme for any room in your home.
Selling a home may seem exceedingly difficult, particularly for those who are adding a residence to the housing market for the first time. Fortunately, there are many quick, easy ways to streamline the home selling process.
Now, let's take a look at three tips that you can use to become an expert home seller.
1. Examine Housing Market Trends
The current state of the real estate market may play an important role in your ability to maximize the value of your residence.
For example, a buyer's market may feature a shortage of property buyers. When this happens, home sellers may compete against one another for property buyers' attention more than ever before, leading to below-average home prices.
It is essential to consider how a seller's market works too.
In a seller's market, there is a shortage of home sellers. This means you may be in a great position to optimize the value of your residence, particularly if you have maintained a high-quality property. In fact, you may wind up receiving multiple offers on your home as soon as it reaches a seller's market.
To find out whether you're operating in a buyer's or seller's market, you'll need to study the real estate sector closely.
Look at the prices of recently sold homes and find out how long these properties were available before they were purchased. Also, you should check out the prices of comparable homes that are currently available to find out how your house stacks up against the competition.
2. Consider the Homebuyer's Perspective
How will a homebuyer feel when he or she sees your residence for the first time? Ultimately, the first impression may dictate whether a homebuyer moves forward with your home or decides to pursue other properties.
Allocate plenty of time and resources to enhance your home's curb appeal – you'll be glad you did. Completing home maintenance tasks like mowing the lawn and clearing exterior walkways may help your house stand out in a competitive real estate landscape.
Don't forget to declutter your home's interior as well. By doing so, you can make it simple for homebuyers to imagine what life would be like if they purchase your house.
3. Consult with a Real Estate Agent
Becoming an expert home seller rarely, if ever, happens overnight. Instead, you may need additional help along the way.
Lucky for you, real estate agents are available to teach you about the intricacies of selling a home.
A real estate agent is happy to respond to your home selling concerns and queries at any time. He or she can offer guidance throughout the home selling journey and ensure you can get the best results possible.
When it comes to selling your home, it is important to do everything you can to optimize the value of your property. And with extra support from a real estate agent, you should have no trouble stirring up plenty of interest in your residence.
Use these tips, and you can become an expert home seller in no time at all.
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