Karen Scopetski's Blog
There are plenty of things to worry about around your home when you have kids. One of your top priorities should be safety for your kids. If you look closely, you’ll find some hidden safety dangers around your home that should be addressed. The top culprits can be found described in detail below.
Your dishwasher is something that you probably use every single day. There are a few considerations that you need to make about the dishwasher when you have kids. First, the door should have a good locking mechanism. If the door to the dishwasher doesn’t shut properly, all if takes is a little tap for the door to release and fall right on top of your child who is either walking or crawling around the house.
The other point to consider about a dishwasher is the actual contents of the dishwasher. Silverware, especially sharp objects, should be left pointing downward. This is in case the washer is left open and the child gets at it. You don’t want sharp knives pointing upward that could cause an injury to your child. The detergent can also be a hazard to your child. Whether you are using pods, liquid detergent, or the powdered kind, all pose poison control risks and choking hazards to your kids. Keep the dishwasher closed and locked when it is not in use. Also, be sure to wipe down your dishwasher in case of any debris that’s left from your detergent.
Ovens And Ranges
If your range or oven is not installed properly it could cause serious harm to your kids. For safety, be sure that ranges have anti-tip brackets installed. This way if the child leans on the stove or climbs it, the unit will not fall on them, posing the risk of serious injury.
Wall ovens should be secured as well. Make sure that the door of the oven locks and cannot fling open easily. When cooking, use the back burners in stead of the front. You should also keep the pot handles turned inward so they aren’t as easy for kids to reach.
The nursery is where your child will spend a lot of their time. First, you should start with the crib. The crib needs to be firm and nothing should be in the crib other than the mattress and a tightly fitted sheet around the mattress until the baby is old enough. The crib should also be sturdy. It’s preferable to have a new crib for the baby as occasionally, hand me down cribs can be missing parts or have faced major amounts of wear and tear. The nursery should also be free from excessive cords and be equipped with window locks. This way, you’ll be able to put your child to sleep with peace of mind.
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Do you want to brighten your room? Whether it's as dark as a dungeon, or maybe a little too dim, don't despair. These nine simple tricks will help you instantly brighten your room without spending much on renovating, new windows, or going all white with the paint. Go for a light color scheme.
Most times, a dark room may have poor lighting, heavy curtains, or darkly-painted walls. To brighten up such places, make use of lighter hues on the wall. If the walls are neutral, paint the ceiling a shade lighter to help light reflect around the room.
Clean your windows
Cleaning your windows is an easy way to brighten a dark room. When your glazed windows have less dust and dirt splatters on them, sunshine can easily enter to make the room brighter.
Replace heavy curtains
Heavy curtains with black lining and thick fabric typically prevent light from getting into a room. These curtains absorb light, so it is better to replace them with see-through curtains that allow light penetration.
Add area rugs
Dark floors can make a room feel like a cave. A colorful or patterned rug will help brighten things and provides a striking focal point that will help a room look livelier than it is.
Don't place interior objects parallel to a window
Internal objects positioned parallel to a window obstruct the light. If you want to have a brighter room, make sure you orient the partitions or bookshelves in the room perpendicular to the window wall. Doing so will allow better flow of daylight and thus brighten up the room.
Swap out light bulbs to brighter LED bulbs
If the room has an old incandescent bulb, replace it an LED light bulb which produces a low-energy, clean illumination. Changing the light bulb will give the place a brighter light and also save energy.
Mirrors help absorb darkness by reflecting the light that is currently in the room. However, do not put mirrors over the entire wall of a room. Instead, consider hanging a large mirror directly across from the largest window in the room.
Trim the trees
If light can't get to your window, it definitely won't brighten your room. Make sure to trim any bushes or trees beside your windows so that they don't obstruct daylight getting into your rooms.
Opt for accent lighting
Adding lighting at various levels like wall lights, table lamps, picture lights, etc., will certainly brighten things up in any room. You can also make use of a big bright chandelier in larger areas like the dining area or living room.Check with your local DIY or hardware store to find excellent light sources that will make your home brighter and more beautiful.