When my first child had an accident at home, I realised we hadn't childproofed the house as well as we could have. Thankfully, they were fine, but I learned my lesson and began a thorough inspection of my home and garden. I got to work addressing the various hazards we had overlooked, and I started this blog to help other parents think objectively about the hazards in their own homes. I post about a variety of topics, such as pool safety, choosing a safe garden fence, storing medication and cleaning products, window and door locks and kitchen safety for kids. I hope you find my blog useful and informative.
31 March 2016
If there are stray cats climbing onto your air conditioning unit, that can be annoying, and in some cases, people around the world have even reported cats urinating on their air conditioning units. If you are tired of the noise or the odours or just want them to stay away, there are ways to deter them from your outdoor AC unit. Take a look at these tips: 1. Spray a natural cat repellant around the area.
23 March 2016
In most Australian homes, heating water is considered the biggest source of greenhouse emissions. Households, as well as communities, are thus encouraged to turn to solar hot water technologies. If you are interested in these techniques, it is critical that you know the various solar hot water systems available to you. These include: Direct system – In this type, water passes directly through the system, and it is circulated through the collector.
3 March 2016
If you are one of the many who believe that treated pine wood does not require painting, know that you are wrong. The purpose of treatment is to lengthen the life of pine wood by offering protection against insect attacks and decay but the wood is still susceptible to the general effects of weather like fading, warping, splitting, and surface discoloration. Hence, there is still a need for adding a layer or two of paint to your pinewood, especially wood that is regularly exposed to different weather conditions such as your deck.
23 February 2016
Plantation shutters can add style to your home, whether you want a traditional or more contemporary look. But should you choose timber shutters or go for a man-made alternative? Here's a comparison to help you decide what would be best for you. Timber plantation shutters The main reason people choose timber plantation shutters from a place like Blind Inspiration is for their aesthetic beauty. When correctly treated, timber makes a long-lasting and durable material that looks gorgeous when simply varnished to preserve the natural grain.
11 February 2016
If your energy bill is going up, it is likely due to air leaking from somewhere in your home. This could be from a crack around your window or loss of the weatherstripping around your doors. Here are some tips for finding the source of leaking air so you can have it repaired. Complete a Visual Inspection When you suspect that your home is leaking air somewhere, the first thing you should do is a brief visual inspection.