As a parent, it often seems like there are an infinite number of things to worry about when it comes to keeping your child healthy and safe. Of course, much of what we worry about is simply out of our control, but there are places where we can take action to make our children safer. And one of the best places to start is at home.
The great thing about making safety-related changes and updates in the home is that many of them add value to your home. So, not only are you investing in your child’s future by protecting their well-being, you’re also contributing to their financial health should you deed the home to them later on.
Here are a few home investments that will help keep your child safe.
Add a generator. When the power goes out, especially in the dead of winter or at the peak of summer heat, your family’s health can be in danger. That’s why it’s a good idea to invest in a back-up generator. These can be installed to turn on automatically when your power goes out to ensure that your electricity and HVAC system can continue to keep your family safe and comfortable until your power can be repaired.
Get a radon test. Radon is a colorless, odorless gas that can seep into your home through its foundation. It has been connected to an increased risk in developing lung cancer. Radon can get trapped in your home and endanger you and your family’s long-term health. When you get your home tested, you’ll find out its radon levels, and if needed, get further instruction on how to reduce the levels of radon in your home.
Install a home security system. Home security systems are a great way to deter intruders and keep your family safe. But did you know they’re also a wonderful financial move? A home security system can actually put money back in your family’s pocket. For example, many insurance companies offer discounted premiums to homes with security systems and potential homebuyers think highly of the systems, making it easier to get your asking price (or close to it) when your home is up for sale.
Be safety-conscious when choosing a pool cover. If your home has a pool, you’ve hopefully already added a fence and self-latching gate to ensure your children aren’t able to get in without your supervision. And chances are you thought long and hard about what fence would provide the most safety and security for your family. However, have you given the same amount of thought to the pool cover? Making the right pool cover choice adds a layer of protection to your pool, and if you choose a solar option, you can save a few bucks by letting the sun act as your pool heater.
Make porch repairs. If your home has a porch, chances are your children spend time out there playing and enjoying the outdoors. At the very least, you and your family probably use the steps regularly to come and go from your house. If that’s the case, go over the porch area to repair loose or rotten boards. By doing so, you can protect your kids from serious injury.
Parents think about their children’s safety nearly every second of every day. With these home improvements, you can invest in your family’s safety while also contributing to your overall financial health. It’s a win-win!
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