6 Baby-Proofing Tips You May Have OverlookedThere's more to child safety than avoiding bumps and scratches.CREATED WITH DYSON
When it comes to keeping your children safe, there are no shortcuts. As a parent, you want to ensure that your child grows up in a clean and hazard-free home. It's easy to remove potentially harmful objects that you can see, such as knives and scissors, furniture with sharp edges, or toys with small parts—but what about those things that you can't see?
According to a study published in Science of the Total Environment, indoor air pollutants such as smoke, fungal spores, and chemicals from aerosol sprays and cleaning agents can be dangerous to your child's health. These toxic substances can cause allergies, skin problems, and respiratory ailments.
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Now here are some things you can do to get rid of indoor pollutants and keep the air in your home clean and fresh.
1. Invest in an air purifier to clear your home of air pollutants.
An air purifier, such as Dyson Pure Cool, can automatically sense and display real-time air quality. Its fully sealed filter system combines an activated carbon filter to remove harmful gases and a Glass HEPA filter that captures 99.95 percent of microscopic allergens and pollutants. Since this air purifier doubles as a fan, it circulates purified air into every nook and cranny of the room using its tested Air Multiplier technology. Even better, you can track all of these features and personalize your usage with the Dyson Link app that lets you monitor your home's air quality right from your device.
2. Clean and vacuum regularly.
Couches, beddings, carpets, and other fabrics collect dust and may contain dust mites, which can trigger allergies and asthma attacks. Wipe dusty surfaces with a damp cloth daily, wash your beddings weekly, and vacuum your home twice a week. Stuffed toys also gather dust, so wash your kid's favorite teddy bears often. If you have a pet, wash and groom him regularly to reduce the spread of pet fur and dander.
3. Keep surfaces dry to prevent molds from growing.
Areas that are usually wet and humid, such as kitchens and bathrooms, are prone to molds, which can cause respiratory ailments. Keep these areas well-ventilated and dry all surfaces after using them to prevent mold growth. Consider installing a dehumidifier to decrease indoor humidity levels.
4. Install all appliances properly.
Some appliances, such as gas stoves and air-conditioners, may be a source of carbon monoxide. Make sure all units are properly installed and regularly maintained to prevent gas leaks.
5. Use natural cleaning products and pesticides.
Many pesticides and household cleaning products contain chemicals that can damage the central nervous system and increase the risk of cancer. Make sure these items are out of your child's reach. Whenever possible, use products that have natural ingredients to avoid exposing your family to toxic chemicals.
6. Do not smoke indoors.
If you're a smoker, know that secondhand smoke can trigger asthma and respiratory diseases, especially in kids. Politely refer guests to a smoking area outdoors and never allow anyone to smoke inside your house or your car.
These extra baby-proofing tips will go a long way in making your home a safe haven for the family. You and your children can breathe easier, knowing the air around you is clean, fresh, and pollution-free.