About a year ago, we talked about the preparation that’s inevitably needed for a new arrival in the family, with particular focus on the layout of the home. Giving a child their own space early in life is critical, and experts claim that many children that suffer from over attachment to their parents later in life often have a pattern in their upbringing featuring late movement into their own rooms.

There’s far more to successful parenting than providing a room though, and it’s the less tangible aspects like patience and making time for watching that favourite episode of Peppa Pig over and over again that a lot of parents find a challenge from time to time.

What about hidden dangers, though? We’ve probably all gone to extreme lengths for removing the obvious hazards, and now struggle to get those plastic covers out of electrical sockets every time we try to plug the iron in. Coffee tables that the kids can fall on are probably moved (if not gone) and corners of units covered by softer pads. There’s another area that is starting to hit the news more and more frequently, and that’s the safety of the home’s heating system. Everyone’s heard the stories about leaking fumes and aware of the slow poisonous effect they can have, but very few of us can honestly say we’ve done much about it.

If you happen to live in rented accommodation, you’ll receive an annual boiler check courtesy of your landlord, as it’s a legal requirement for this to occur once a year for your safety. How many of us do the same in our own homes though? Very soon, it will be a legal requirement for landlords to provide all new tenants with something to check for problems with their property, such as a carbon monoxide alarm. Of course, it’s down to the tenants to make sure its got batteries in and placed sensibly, but this new regulation puts the responsibility of providing the means to check for fumes into the landlord’s court.

Here’s a quick rundown of what to expect from a high end carbon monoxide alarm:

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Richard Shawcross provides a wide range of boiler repair and servicing options with his Heating Rescue service.

In your own home, you can pick up one of these devices very cheaply from your local supermarket, usually for under £10. You can also arrange for a local gas fitter to come and check the safety of your system too, much in the way a landlord would do for their tenants.

It’s all too common for people to realise that there’s a problem with their boiler or heating system after they fall ill, or once it’s broken down. Thankfully, the chances of fatalities these days are very low indeed, but that’s no excuse not to keep your family safe. If you’d rather use a national company, British Gas offer a wide variety of plans to cover your system, some of which will also cover the costs of repair if it does break down. Typically, using a local gas man like Richard is a cheaper option overall, but if you prefer lower monthly payments and a well known name, they’re worth looking into.