The dangers of home renovations and how to keep kids safe during construction
Home renovation is a super interesting but stressful time! It’s full of hustle and bustle, workers going in and out of your home and interesting construction machines. However, the construction site might be only a small annoyance to you, but it can be quite dangerous for kids! So, here’s how to keep your little ones safe during your home renovation and have a smooth construction.
Get rid of mould
The biggest issue with older homes is definitely mold. It might seem harmless, but it can cause all sorts of irritations, especially in kids who already suffer from allergies or respiratory issues like asthma. If you discover mold during your renovation, make sure to clean every little part of it (by yourself or with the help of professionals) and try your best to control the moisture in your home. Get an air humidity detector if you suspect there’s more mold in your house!
Remove all lead
Older homes (those built before the 1980s) often have lead paint in their interior and exterior. Exposure to lead and lead poisoning can have very serious consequences on your kids’ health and development. It is especially dangerous for developing brains and nervous systems or unborn children, infants and toddlers. So, make sure to rid your home of all lead and make it safe for your family!
Watch out for asbestos
Asbestos is a fibrous material used in construction (usually from the 1940s to 1970s) mainly for fireproofing, soundproofing and insulation. This mineral is not dangerous in itself, but if it deteriorates or gets damaged, it will crumble and release microscopic asbestos fibers into the air. Once you breathe in these fibers, they can cause various lung, throat and stomach issues, as well as some types of cancer. So, if you know your home was built in this time period, make sure to contact a reliable asbestos removal service that will inspect your property for any signs of this dangerous home material. If they discover any traces, they will conduct safe asbestos removal and dispose of it the right way, so you can continue with your renovation without any health concerns!
Ventilate like a pro
Make sure to keep the construction area (and the rest of your home) well ventilated during the remodel. You can set up your fans to blow out the stale and polluted air and change your AC filters often to prevent dust from spreading through the house. Also, if you can, try to spend as much time outside as possible during your home renovation!
Do a thorough cleanup
Good workers will never leave your home without cleaning up! Tools, nails, paint and adhesives will all look super interesting to kids and they will not hesitate to get their hands on them. So, make sure to watch your constructors clean up and do a thorough inspection of the empty site. Pay special attention to electrical tools and sharp objects!
Set up forbidden areas
Kids are curious creatures and they will be dying to see what’s going on at the construction site. And if they manage to wander into the construction area, they can get seriously hurt, end up with various irritations and even get their hearing or eyes damaged! So, make sure to block off the area with child safety gates, use a lot of bright tape and even put up a plastic tarp. The last one will also prevent dust from spreading through the rest of the home and give you some privacy! All of these fences and tarps will keep pets out of the area and ensure their safety, too! Also, don’t forget to have a nice talk with your children and explain why they mustn’t go there. There will be times of family construction site tours, but they must not go alone.
Yes, remodeling can be stressful and dangerous, but if you take all of these precautions, you’ll have a smooth and safe house renovation. Plus, you’ll end up with amazing results all family members will enjoy!
About the author: Mike Johnston is a home improvement blogger, DIY enthusiast and sustainability buff from Sydney. He is a regular writer at Smooth Decorator and contributor on several interior design, real estate and eco blogs, always on the lookout for new ideas and the latest trends in these fields.