How to Safely Renovate your Home with Kids

Renovating your home is a fun and exciting time. From building a new kitchen or having the bathroom replaced, to knocking through walls or building new ones, there is a wealth of different things that you could do to your home to make it a better place for you and your family to live. However, if you have young children, and you’re living through the renovations, then you may be concerned about their safety. Here, we’ll explore the ins and outs of ensuring child safety and happiness to make your home’s renovation a success. 

Set up Alternatives
If your renovations are to areas that your children use on a regular basis, such as a kitchen, bath or living area, then it may be difficult for your children to get used to not using those areas. 
So, to combat this, you’ll need to set up alternative areas that will fulfil the same basic functions. For example, you can set up and temporary kitchen in the garage or spare room. Make sure that it’s clear where the kids can and can’t go, first by talking to your kids, but also with signs to help them remember.
Protect the Quality of the Air
During renovations or remodelling, dust and particles can be disturbed and created, seriously affecting the quality of the air in your home. So even if none of your family suffers with allergies or asthma, it is important to protect the quality of the air. 
You can do this by sealing off ducts or vents in the area, hanging plastic sheeting and using disposable drop clothes. Maintain a clean space by vacuuming regularly with a HEPA filtered vacuum. 
Be Wary of Power Tools
Tools and toys can look very similar to young children, so it’s important to ask your contractors to not leave any power tools overnight, or plugged in when children are in the house. 
Keep Children out of the Path of Work
When you have big contractors carrying things in and out of your home, it can be easy for young children to get in the way. This can be dangerous for both children and contractors, so you should emphasise that children should stay out of the way of the builders. Parents should also make sure that their children don’t wander out of the door when it is inevitably left open. 
Talk to Your Contractor Before They Start Work
Ultimately, it comes down to communication. Ensure that your contractor knows that there will be children in the house that they are working on, and that you can work together to ensure a safe environment for everyone involved. 



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