A healthy home is clean, orderly, free of odors, well ventilated, and safe, thus to prevent common accidents from happening.
There should be plenty of storage space to keep clutter to a minimum. Teach your kids early on to store their toys and possessions in their proper places after use.
Don’t leave the garbage uncovered or inside the home overnight. It does not only smell, it also attracts pests, which bring in diseases. Place screens on windows to keep mosquitoes away.
Clean surroundings prevent the growth of bacteria and allergens. You don’t have to use the latest cleaning agents touted to have powerful bacteria-fighting action. Not only can they be costly, but many of them are toxic to young kids through frequent inhalation or daily contact (strong chemicals stay behind after cleaning).
Tiny hands contaminated with these chemicals can find their way to tiny mouths, causing immediate if not gradual poisoning that can affect even the development of their nervous system.
Choose nontoxic products instead or just plain soap and water. Bathroom and kitchen tiles should be wiped clean and dry to avoid mold and mildew from forming and releasing allergy-triggering spores into the air.
In a country where humidity is high all year round, an enclosed living space can become conducive to respiratory problems such as asthma or bronchitis.
Your home should have enough windows or vents for fresh air to come in and stale air to escape. Having real plants indoors or outdoors will also improve the quality of air.
Accident-proofing the home
- Keep pathways cleared of clutter.
- Tuck wires and cables next to walls or behind furniture, to keep people from tripping over them.
- Do not place flammable materials, such as plastic objects, near stoves, and other heat-emitting equipment in the home.
- When installing an appliance or electronic item, strictly follow instructions.
- If you have a toddler or young child around, cover electric sockets with a safety cap when not in use. Safety caps are easily available in hardware stores.
- Unplug appliances after using.
- Check for leaks (singaw) from the gas tank.
- Free-standing furniture that can topple over, such as bookshelves and tall cabinets should be affixed to the wall using screws and bolts or angle brackets. You might want to think twice about buying a tall floor lamp that can easily be knocked down when you’ve got kids around.
- Make sure that sharp objects, glass items, medicines, pesticides, and cleaning products are out of reach of young children.
- Tablecloths can be pulled by toddlers. Use placemats instead.
- Install a handrail next to the bathtub. Place anti-slip adhesive strips to the bottom of the shower cubicle.
- Keep the pathway to the bathroom lit in the evening. Stairways should also be well lighted.
- Electric sockets should not be near water sources, including bathroom faucets.
- Do not leave ladders lying around which can tempt young kids to climb them up.
- Leave emergency numbers (fire department, police, hospital, etc.) next to the telephone.