1. Stow toxic products in a safe place

Harsh, chemical-laden products can make countertops and tubs glisten, but they also may pose harm to kids and pets when they make contact with skin or are ingested. Keep bleach, foaming cleaners, mold-reducing products and the like secure in cabinets that either lock or are inaccessible to your little ones.

2. Keep laundry pods out of arm’s reach

Data from poison-control centers across the country indicate bright-colored laundry pods are becoming increasingly toxic to children, who may mistake them for candies. A recent study published in the journal “Pediatrics” suggested a 17 percent jump in calls to those centers resulting from kids younger than age 6 being exposed to laundry and dishwasher detergent.

3. Use natural cleaning products when possible

Reading product labels carefully to ensure you’re purchasing the most natural option possible can help minimize potential harm. Neither the U.S. Food and Drug Administration nor the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has officially defined what “natural” means, but the Environmental Working Group’s website features a list of riskier ingredients, including “active ingredients,” “biodegradable” and “anti-bacterial,” which can inform buying and storage choices.

CAUTIOUS OVER CHEMICALS: Children are often attracted to chemical cleaners, typically due to the bright liquids in even brighter packaging, making it important to ensure they're kept out of reach.

4. Bust dust to reduce allergy symptoms

As anyone with the sniffles or red, scratchy eyes can attest, allergy season does not stop in spring. Ensure your home is dust-free by vacuuming rugs to eliminate pet dander and wiping hard surfaces to avoid agitating the allergy-prone.

5. Tend to indoor air quality

Ensure air filters are changed regularly to help your family breathe easier. Allergy sufferers will appreciate this step, too.

6. Take steps to avoid lead contamination

Dusting packs a double-benefit— according to the Mayo Clinic, this chore can also reduce your family’s risk of lead poisoning. Prevent children from playing in soil, wash your and kids’ hands after playing outdoors and before eating and going to bed, too.

7. Store food properly

Warmer temperatures make for glorious days at the beach, but they also can promote the growth of harmful bacteria. As you organize your home, ensure meat, dairy and other perishables are stored properly in a cool place to avoid food-borne illness. To further reduce contamination risk, carefully read expiration dates when sorting through your family’s fare.

TEMPERATE ZONES: Good food is always welcome, but when it is improperly stored, the growth of bacteria is never worth the meal, no matter how culinary.

8. Protect yourself when redecorating

Like spring, summer can signal new beginnings. But before you begin your next home project that may involve removing mold or painting, equip yourself with the proper gear, like rubber gloves and a facemask.