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Creating A Fun, Safe Garden For Your Children

As the mum of five young children, I know how important it is to have access to a safe outdoor space for your children to play. Being cooped up in the house all day isn't good for the kids or the parents, but you also can't let young kids play in a space that's hazardous. When we bought our new family home, there was a lot of work to do in the garden to make it childproof, and we also wanted to make it a fun place for the kids to play. We erected a new fence, fitted a combination lock on the garden gate, had poisonous plants removed, cordoned off the pool and created a play area complete with swings, a slide and outdoor games. I started this blog to share my DIY gardening tips, and I hope you find it interesting and useful.



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Keeping your house safe in summer

by Darlene Jenkins

As the weather heats up, it can be tempting to leave doors and windows open to get a much needed breeze through a hot house. However, this can leave you vulnerable to home intruders. Up to two-thirds of home burglaries occur through open windows and doors, with almost as many burglaries taking place during the day compared to at night. Here are some some steps you can take to keep your home safe without overheating.

Try to open windows that are less easy to access

If you have a house with multi-pane windows, it can be best to open the highest windows. These are harder to access and still allow the house to get some ventilation. Lower windows can be easy to climb into. 

Install ventilation locks

A great home security product that you can buy at a hardware store is a ventilation lock. These allow windows to be opened up to about a hands width, then lock in this position. This means that you can get some ventilation into the room but that no-one can get in (or out) of the window. Many parents like to install these in children's rooms so that they can leave the window a little open but be certain that their child can't get out of the window. 

Set an alarm on your phone to remind you to lock doors and windows at night

With many of us keeping our smartphones with us at all times, it can be a good idea to set an alarm on your phone that prompts you to check that doors and windows have been locked. This can force you to check that any windows you've opened during the day are now locked. 

Install security screens on windows and doors

If you do love to leave the doors and windows open, the answer might be as simple as installing lockable security screens on doors and windows. That way you get the breeze through your place without risking people sneaking into the house while you are occupied in another area (or even asleep). Security screens can be installed on most types of windows and doors but it is a good idea to get custom screens if you have unusually shaped windows and doors, as an imperfect fit can make them easier to penetrate or remove. 

With some security precautions, you can continue to get some ventilation through your doors and windows while keeping your house safe.