Playing it safe

Do you feel as though your entire home has been invaded by toys? If so, then it’s probably time to think about creating a dedicated playroom. But to create a space where your children or grandchildren can play without constant supervision, you need to think safety first.

Start by doing a “crawl-through” of the room you plan to use, keeping an eye out for sharp edges, electrical cords and uncovered outlets. If you find these hazards, purchase rubber edges, outlet covers and cord keeping devices. Push on the furniture, including bookcases, shelves, tables and chairs to check for stability. Secure items that seem unsteady¬† by bolting them to the wall or remove them from this room. If the playroom is on the second floor place any thing a child can climb on like kitchen sets and drawing tables away from windows to minimize the risk of a fall. Make sure that the toys are accessible to kids. Keep toys off high shelves or in plastic storage bins with lids that snap close. Put them in storage containers that are easily accessible by the kids.

If you are starting a room from scratch, think about materials you use to furnish the room. Cork is great for floors because it is hypoallergenic and can withstand moisture from the inevitable spills. Cotton fabrics are a good choice because they clean up easily and are better for children with allergies.

Once you have a dedicated playroom the kids will love it and so will you!

Five Fall Home Improvement tips

1. Windows and door replacement:

Based on the age of your windows and doors, consider replacing as many as you can afford for the highest energy efficiency benefit.

2. Fireplace and chimney inspection and cleaning:

Make sure both are working properly before you need to use them. Call a chimney cleaning company to come clean the chimney. It usually costs around $100 and is well worth it.

3. Attic and ceiling insulation:

Use foam insulation to seal the gaps under your regular insulation. Be safe when handling these products or you can do like my husband always says, “Call the guy” There is a guy for everything, all you have to do is call him.

4. Gutter cleaning and replacement:

Gutters that are not working properly can cause interior damage. The water can back up and cause interior leaks at the roof line.

5. Roof repair and replacement:

Inspect and repair the roof to keep trouble spots from becoming an issue during the winter months. Call a roofer every other year to come and inspect and repair any roofing issues. It is not usually very expensive and can actually save you money in the long run.