Child Safe Plexiglass banister shield
Did you know that the National Health and Safety Standards Guidelines for Child Care and Early Education recommend that balusters and spindles on stair rails be no more than three and a half inches apart? Wide banisters in fact pose a likely threat to small children as they can easily fit through the gaps and fall, or even become wedged and trapped.
As a rule of thumb, rails should be no further apart than three and a half inches, narrower if your child is younger than the age of two. An effective baby proofing solution to this problem are banister guards.
The better and safer option (aside from replacing your baluster posts) is to cover your baluster posts with Plexiglas or a Banister Shield. Shields consist of a clear plastic material which come as a role in varying lengths and can be cut to length with scissors and attached to your baluster posts with zip ties. The other solution, which is the one pictured below, is Plexiglass.
Plexiglass is more rigid, more attractive (you hardly notice it!), lasts longer and is the nicest of the two options. The downfall of Plexiglas is that it is expensive and difficult to custom cut and install.
Banister guards keep little ones from putting their arms and legs through the openings in stair railings as well as preventing them from become trapped between the gap and getting hurt.
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For more information on banister shields and stair rail safety, please call 888.481.7233