The general health of our home can be achieved in various ways, with steps that will over time be beneficial to those living there on a daily basis. Keeping up simple steps of general maintenance is one of the first things to consider. Are the sidewalks, and pathways safe? Check for broken boards on paitos, cracked bricks or cement on the sidewalk, and entryways. Remove items that may cause trip hazards in or near walk way areas or stairs.
Our home doesn’t have to be fancy, big or expensive to be safe, and healthy. Do a weekly or monthly health check to ensure that items needing attention are repaired in a timely manner.
This is fairly easy. Check all the settings on water heater, furnace or electric heating devices. If using a fireplace or wood stove, be sure to know how to properly set the drafts to keep home free of smoke and fire dangers. Have regular cleaning of flues to avoid overheating and fire danger.
Check the windows making sure they open properly in event of emergency use as an exit, close and lock to keep outside prowlers at bay. Any drafts around doors or windows need to be noted also. This keeps cold, heat, dust and pollen at a minimum. Check in your area for any programs that may provide assistance with weather proofing.
Keeping floors clean and disinfected prevents growth of bacteria which can lead to illness, especially in the bathroom or kitchen. Small children crawling on the floor are at risk of picking up germs, items, or pieces of old food, which could cause sickness or choking. The cleaning of floors is fairly simple with a broom and a mop or vacuum. Products abound in the cleaning section of the drug store or supermarket, and some of the old basics such as Pine Sol are effective and relatively inexpensive. At least a weekly mopping and dusting will provide a moderate level of health for all.
The carpet holds a lot of dust and it is best ot vacuum daily or at least immediately after a lot of foot traffic.
The carpet will also last longer since tiny gravel and dirt particles eat away at the fiber with further foot traffic.
Health check the kitchen. Spoiled or molded food in the refrigerator needs to be cleared immediately. Washing the shelves of the inside of the refrigerator on a regular basis, and keeping foods covered is a must. A box of baking soda is a common inexpensive product to sweeten the air inside the refrigerator. Keep the setting on the refrigerator to a temperature that provides at least a 42 degree temperature for the fresh foods, and a very cold freezer temperature. Foods will not be safe if not well frozen, 0-32 degrees.
Clean the sinks of the home regularly as well as the stoppers and drains. Bleach will disinfect the drain areas and add a clean smell. Even mouth wash for a quick fix to a bathroom drain will freshen and kill germs if no time for a major cleaning. Use a disinfectant on counters, showers and bathtubs to prevent germ growth there.
The over all maintenance of the homes with light bulbs changed regularly, window ledges dusted, curtains vacuumed or washed, and the floors kept maintained will insure that your family is clean, safe, and hopefully staying healthy.
The personal care to bedding and clothing is an on going factor also to keep a healthy environment for all. Clean blankets on a regular basis, and sheets at least weekly. Pillows can be washed easily too.
Using a dishwasher, or very hot water when doing dishes prevents the transfer of bacteria from others or foods such as raw meats. Clean all cutting boards between each item cut, and reserve a special board for meats. This will prevent cross contamination of food born bacteria. Cutting utensils need to be cleaned thoroughly before storing after use.
Safety and health in the home should not be given as a responsibility to just one person. Everyone involved can offer help and action to provide a place that is truly a healthy home.