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How Do You Ensure Fire Safety in Your House?

One of the worse things to happen to anyone is to see their house get burnt. Imagine all that you have laboured for come into rubble, God forbid! And I forbid it too from happening to you.

But saying or praying God to forbid is not enough, you have to ensure your house is protected and ready in case of any fire outbreak.

Steps to ensure fire safety in your house

Install a smoke alarm: Get a smoke detector and fix it in all the rooms in your house. The smoke detector alerts you when there is a trace of smoke.  It is affordable and can be gotten at your local electronic gadget store.

Educate your children: You should educate your kids about fire safety, how to use a fire extinguisher and safety measures at home. Keep items like a matchbox, lighter out of the reach of kids.

Electrical faults should be taken care of by professionals: Electrical appliances are very common in our homes but they come with their risk. When there are faults, do not try to fix it by yourself and do not use the faulty electrical appliance.

Do not run wires under rugs: Avoid placing wires under rugs and carpets because they could become hot and it could become inflamed.

Be cautious when you cook: Pay close attention to what you are cooking and the equipment you are using. Ensure your gas cylinder and the hose is not licking, turn off the gas cooker when you are done and ensure you check all this before leaving the kitchen.

Get a fire extinguisher: And learn to use it and place it in an accessible place so that it can be used when there is an emergency.

Avoid storing fuel and diesel at home: Many people have the habit of storing fuel and diesel in the house, which is a dangerous thing to do. These motor chemicals can explode at the slightest closeness of fire. Even in times of fuel scarcity, do not store fuel in your house.

Avoid/ restrict the use of candles: In a country like Nigeria that still experiences epileptic power supply many people turn to candle as a means of illuminating their homes. Do not go to bed with candles on. Ensure you put it off. Do not place candles on wood, close to curtains and any other flammable material.

Keeping your home safe from fire is worth it. Use this tips above to keep your home safe.


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Breaking Stereotypes With The Work-From-Home Dad Trend

Work-from-home dad? Yes, you read right!

The work-from-home dad phenomenon is fast becoming the new normal.  Many men chose to leave their paid job to pursue entrepreneurship, which offers time flexibility compared to their paid jobs while others are forced to be one due to job loss.

In many homes, the women are the breadwinner, this may look odd because of the social and religious stereotypes we all believe in that stipulates that the woman should be at home and the man should be out and about making money for the home.

Many at times the choice to stay at home for many men is difficult to make because of the social perception associated with men who do not go out of their house. Some women may even be accused of using voodoo or love portions on their spouse in order to make lose their desire to work outside the home.

Being a stay-at-home dad is not synonymous with being jobless or useless. In recent times many men have successfully run offline and online businesses worth millions from the confines of their home while looking out for the kids. There are factors to consider before taking the bold step of being a work-from-home dad

Have a side hustle: many men who opt out of full-time employment to work for themselves have either marketable skills or side hustles with the huge prospect of growing big if more time was devoted to it. Do not take a leap out of your job to the unknown out of the zeal of being a work-from-home dad without test running this business to see if it would hold up. You can offer your skills on online platforms that require such skills.

Mutual understanding: Couples must come to an agreement on the choice of who works and who stays at home. It would not make financial sense if the woman who earns more have to stay at home because the man who earns less has to work to prove a point. All the angles to this decision must be considered dispassionately.

Prepare yourself for wrong perceptions: it is still not popular to find men work full time from home. You have to be prepared to encounter misunderstanding from well-meaning people who are concerned about your ‘joblessness’ all because you do not step out of your house as much as other men do.

Once you are certain that this idea of being a work-from-home dad will fly. Take the step and work hard it. It might be rough at the start but you certainly will pull through and grow big if you don’t give up.

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