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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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Read These Parenting Tips For Lastborn Children

Lastborn kids are the babies of the house. They enjoy the attention of their parent who tends to be liberal and relaxed in their expectations and enforcing rules.

Lastborn children are likely to be fun-loving, uncomplicated and self-centered. They are the little star that steals the family show so often that they can get away with offences that if it were committed by the older sibling it would have been punishable.

Here, how to get your lastborn kids to behave well and grow upright;

  1. Practice Fairness: Sometimes parents get too engrossed with the achievement of the other siblings that the last-born is just a tag along. Making time for him/her own activity will help to give a sense of identity as part of the family. Get your last born involved in all the activities at home and with other siblings, there are little aspects that he/she can fit into easily.
  2. Make Him Accountable: Like it or not lastborns tend to get away with many things their elder siblings would have received punishments for at their age. Parents must be careful in overlooking offences that deserve some disciplinary measures else, it might create some resentment in the older siblings who will notice the preferential treatment.
  3. Protect Him: Parents need to look out for the last-born child when there is a tendency to be bullied and teased by older kids. Here you need to teach the older ones to be responsible for the last born kid, step in if you need to do so to stop the intimidation.
  4. Be Willing To Turn Some Requests Down: Be ready to say no and feel good about it. Lastborn kids can be self-centred sometimes, so they request for things that they may not need by throwing tantrums to force your hands to do their bidding. When she acts this way, you should not give in to the request. Treat her like every other child in the family.
  5. Explain Situations: Sometimes it is difficult for children of different ages to play together without anyone being left out especially the youngest. Perhaps he/she cannot run fast or jump high. The lastborn child might feel left out. Parents should explain the situation of things to the kid. It is only a matter of time before he/she would be able to do what others are doing. Then you should look out for common games and things every child can do together in the family without being left out.
  6. Double-Check; it just might be a trick: One of the common traits of a lastborn is being mischievous. Your youngest child may likely exaggerate some facts in other to get some attention. For example, if your last born child observes that whenever anyone is sick in the house, they get better meals and a warm and loving care. She may feign sickness just to enjoy this goodness. Be sure to double check health facts before giving in to your child’s claim.

This guide follows the principles of birth order theory but the reality is that not all kids would fit into the mould of birth order. Some are an exception to the general. Lastborns that behave like firstborns and firstborns that act like lastborns.

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