Are you aware of the fact that more people die from home accidents than on road in the UK each year? According to author John Thackara, in the year 2005 there was an average of 3,000 deaths attributed to accidents at home while only half that number resulted from traffic accidents. This is just one key fact to substantiate just how unhealthy our homes can be. Whilst many of those deaths resulted from tripping and falling, some were the result of unhealthy conditions could have been easily remedied.
1. Install Automatic Window Actuators to Prevent Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
Every year at least 80% of all fire fatalities are due to fires in the home and a great number of those are due to toxic smoke inhalation. Even if the fire doesn’t burn out of control, a person can quickly succumb to carbon monoxide poisoning before reaching a window or door to open. There are automatic smoke sensors for window actuators on the market from companies like tealproducts.com. These sensors can detect toxic odours in time to automatically open a window and keep smoke from building up in the home.
2. Keep Dust and Allergens to a Minimum
Whether or not you have allergies, dust mites can cause a reaction which results in an upper respiratory infection. Dust mites, if you haven’t heard of them, are tiny little creatures in the spider family that typically live on the fabric of beds, curtains and sofas. It is almost impossible to rid your home completely of these pests, but by regularly vacuuming and keeping your home humidified, you can often prevent so many of them from being airborne. Mostly dust mites cause a reaction in those allergic to them, but even those testing negative for allergies are known to suffer as well.
I started my maternity leave 4 weeks before Freya was due. Funnily enough, my words to my colleagues were that I would more than likely have the baby early as I wanted to spend those 4 weeks watching lots of TV and working on my blog.
I obviously jinxed myself as 2.5 weeks later Freya arrived into the world and all the TV shows I had planned to watch were side-lined to being a mama. Now Freya is 7 weeks old, we are slowly getting into a better routine which means binge-watching TV shows is back on my agenda for a rainy afternoon. I am not ashamed to admit that a bit of bad weather is welcome in this house as it means lots of playtime indoors and TV show watching. We are lucky to have some excellent quality televisions in our house to watch these shows on however if I could, I would absolutely purchase a Panasonic Oled 4K TV as the quality of the screen is just amazing, and makes everything clearer.
Throughout autumn and winter, we find ourselves spending more time in the kitchen than ever. Gone are the hazy summer days where we’d throw together a salad and gather around the BBQ. It’s all about slow cooker stews, warming soups and getting cosy. Have you ever thought about changing the decor in your kitchen in time for autumn? It can really add to the seasonal vibe, and it doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive.
Is there anything more autumnal than rustic decor? This works particularly well if your kitchen is wooden. Keep the decor simple, but not too simple. Think leather stools for your breakfast bar, copper-coloured pendant lights over the dining table, brickwork-inspired tiles, open shelves, and visible pan racks. If you’re in need of furniture, go for pre-loved vintage styles. If you have beams in your kitchen, accentuate them with a fresh wood stain!