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February 27, 2017

Tips for keeping children safe during home renovations

Home renos. Some people live for them and others find it to be the most stressful time in their lives. The latter can be more so the case if you have little tackers running around. Here’s our top tips for keeping kids safe during your home renovation.

Arrange for renovations to take place when children are not around

Take advantage of school and daycare times and try to complete the bulk of your renovations during these periods. If that’s not possible try to see if a family member or friend can look after your children, especially whilst you are working on major tasks.

Supervision

If it’s not possible to remove your children from your home during renovations then ensure that they are adequately supervised. Children need constant supervision around potentially dangerous environments so make sure there is always an adult present and focused on the children.

Cordon off site area

Make sure you section off the renovation area so that it is clearly separate from your construction free zone. You can use simple items like plastic sheeting and painters tape to do this. Perhaps use a child safety gate to close off smaller renovation areas to young children and ensure that you close over any gaps that are present.

If you have a larger construction area, you may want to consider hiring temporary fencing to section off the zone. Some councils will even require this by law.

Secure tools and chemicals

It’s important that all tools are stored correctly and out of reach from curious hands when not in use. Also be sure to clean up loose debris and left over items like screws and nails at the end of each day.

Always ensure that there is adequate ventilation when using chemicals on site and make sure that children are removed from the area. All chemicals should be secured in a locked space at least 1.5 metres high. Don’t ever try to remove dangerous materials, like lead paint and asbestos, yourself. Leave it to the pros.

Education

For the older children, be sure to educate them on possible dangers during this time and how to avoid them by staying clear of the renovation zone. Spend time preparing them for the change and reassure them that this will only be a short inconvenience for a very exciting outcome.

Clean the area properly when you are finished

Renovation dust is sneaky. Just when you think you’ve removed it all, it pops up again. It’s near impossible to remove in the short term. Dust inhalation can be particularly damaging to small toddlers and babies so you’ll want to do your best to keep it at bay. Ensure the renovated area is properly ventilated and that all surfaces are cleaned on a regular basis. It may also be worth hiring a professional cleaner to give the area a thorough going over.

For more tips check your state’s Kidsafe website:

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