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Keeping your child safe while renting an apartment

If you're renting an apartment in New Hampshire, you definitely want to make sure that it's safe for your children. Since you don't own the space, you may not know about all of the potential hazards that exist.

For example, old wiring can be a serious fire hazard. Additionally, older sockets and switches that are broken or coming loose could be a danger if your children touch them. Make sure that everything is up to code and in good shape when you do your initial safety inspection, and talk to the landlord if you find any issues. For very young children, you may also want to get covers for the outlets so that they can't stick anything into them.

Another hazard that easily goes overlooked is paint that has started to peel or chip. Breathing this is in very bad for young children -- and adults, for that matter -- especially if it is old, lead-based paint. These paints are not in use anymore, but it is possible an older coat could have been covered at some point in the past -- perhaps even before your current landlord bought the property -- and the chipping could expose it.

When the paint chipping becomes serious enough, chips large enough for a child to pick up could find their way to the floor. Young children explore the world by putting things in their mouths, and ingesting paint is even worse than breathing in the tiny particles.

If you or your child are injured in any way due to an unsafe apartment, you may want to look into all of your legal rights to compensation.

Source: Rent, "Child Safety Tips for a Safe Apartment," accessed June 22, 2015

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