Decks, balconies and banisters

Decks, balconies and banisters pose several hazards — the most serious being that your child could slip through the railings and fall, or become wedged in the railings and suffocate. Although building codes are different throughout the country, there are basic safety guidelines to follow.

First of all measure the distance (at the widest point) between indoor and outdoor deck and balcony railings. The distance should be no more than 4”. This also applies to the distance between the bottom rail and the floor.

If the railings on your deck or balcony create any gaps that are wider than 4” inches or if the railing has a row of ladder-like horizontal bars which could be used as a ladder to climb up and over the top, you’ll need to make some modifications.  To help prevent this the railings can be covered with a sheet of clear plastic “banister shield” or Plexiglas.

Child Safety for Horizontal Stair Banister

Plexiglas for Horizontal Slats Indoor

Baby Safe Rolled Plastic for Stair Banister

Rolled Plastic “Banister Shield”















As can be seen from the images above, both solutions baby proof the area without being invasive and without altering the home’s style and aesthetic. 

Please keep in mind that at no point in time should items such as furniture, toys, and potted plants, be placed near the banister, giving children the opportunity to climb up and over the rails.

Contact your local Baby Safe Homes safety specialist for more information on how to best baby proof your home.

Call 888.481.7233