The Best Ways to Incorporate Technology Safely Into Your Home

Guest blog by Bryn Huntpalmer, editor for Modernize and Her Own Wings

When you first have a baby you are overwhelmed with all of the baby-proofing products on the market and likely you are still reeling from months of sleep deprivation and just want a quick fix. You go out and buy some outlet protectors and cabinet door locks and call it a day, right? Unfortunately, many of us overlook the potential danger of top heavy furniture or electronics falling on our little ones and when we hear the terrible tragedies of babies being crushed under a bookcase, we think “that would never happen to MY baby because I never let him out of my sight.” But, as your own mother always told you, it’s better to be safe than sorry!

“I urge parents to anchor their TVs, furniture and appliances and protect their children,” say Inez Tenebaum, Chairman of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. “It takes just a few minutes to do and it can save lives.”

Mount your TV

Install a product like the OE120IW, an in-wall television mount, for a discrete way to suspend a flat-screen TV on the wall and protect it against accidental bumps and tips. When not in use, the television can display a painting image or YouTube hearth fire video. When in use, the TV can swivel, extend and tilt, making the mount ideal for interactive games or for homemakers who habitually rearrange the furniture.

As long as you are making some tech upgrades in your home, consider some home automation options that take home security to the next level! Consider the Nest Protect, which senses smoke, detects carbon dioxide, monitors its own batteries, and sends text notifications. VuPoint sells a temperature-sensitive faucet light that glows blue when the water is cold, red when warm. Glass breakage sensors, infrared security cameras, “smart” power strips, LED multi-colored light bulbs that play music, digital kitchen splashes – all of these are actual products that you can install in your home.

Mount your iPad

iPad_Case_and_Stand_LS_5But not everyone has the deep pockets for a digital kitchen backsplash. Why not read recipes, play music or video chat during dinner preparation using your iPad or Android tablet? Place it on a 3-in-1 stand or wall mount to isolate it from countertop spills and curious children.

Mount your computer

Do you experience back and neck pain from sitting at a computer by day and bouncing a baby on your hip by night? Thankfully, the solution is as simple as a sit-stand computer mount. Recommended by the American Medical Association, sit-stand desks and computer mounts move up and down, allowing you to sit for an hour, stand for the next, and never lose a minute’s productivity. These are also really handy for when your baby starts to walk (and climb!) so that you can raise the computer safely out of their reach.

Integrating technology into the home should not require the sacrifice of space, safety or control. On the contrary, a TV, iPad or computer mount will provide you, the homeowner, with more authority and security. Plus as you pull yourself out of the trenches of toddlerhood and your chubby-cheeked kid turns into a gangly teenager you will surely be the coolest parent on the block with your high-tech home!

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