Kids are adventurous, especially in the safety of their homes. While you improve your home for them and yourself, you must prioritize their continued safety.
As an adult, you will likely live in your home longer than your children will. Eventually, they’ll grow up and move into homes of their own. However, before they do that, you might choose to tackle some home renovation projects to improve your space. While this is an exciting time for everyone, it’s important that you keep excited kids away from the project zone. Whether it’s a kitchen remodel or window repairs, you need to prioritize child safety while improving your home. The following tips for keeping kids safe during home renovation projects can help you prioritize correctly.
Place Physical Barriers Around No-Go Zones
As a homeowner, you might look for fun home improvement projects that add value to your space. When you work on making changes to your house, those renovation areas can become tempting for kids. They’re learning a lot about the world through exploration, and gutted kitchens or windowless rooms can look explorer-friendly.
However, your young explorers can’t safely go into these spaces like you can. To help them avoid the temptation to even try, place physical barriers around no-go zones. Baby gates work for younger children, and locked doors, temporary half-walls, and plastic sheets work well for older children.
Create a Child-Safe Zone
Since you’re blocking kids from an area they once had access to in your home, you will need to create new spaces specifically for them. Child-safe zones give them areas they can enjoy while the house changes around them.
Try designating a playroom or common area as the child-safe zone so your kids have somewhere to go outside of their bedrooms. Safely sequestering loved ones in this manner is one of the best ways to prep your home for window repairs and other renovation projects.
Store Tools Out of Your Child’s Reach
You or your contractors may occasionally leave power tools and other equipment around the project location. However, physical barriers for the no-go zones can be difficult to maintain when work isn’t actively happening. And if tools are left in the open, an adventurous child may try to experiment with them.
The best way to ensure your curious child doesn’t happen upon a hazard such as power tools is to gather them in one spot out of the child’s reach. Your contractor can take their tools with them, storing them in their truck or at their place of business. If they can’t reasonably do that or you’re doing the work yourself, find a spot your child cannot reach and ideally does not know about to store the tools.
Keeping kids safe during home renovation projects can be challenging. After all, it is their home, too. However, investing in the space you plan to live in long after they’re grown and moved out is important. As long as you place barriers between your child and all project dangers, you can safely improve your home.