baby safety

How to avoid preventable accidents

How to avoid preventable accidents One of our favorite tips to give whenever someone starts the process of baby proofing a home, is that of getting down on your hands and knees to look at your surroundings from a baby’s perspective. This method can help spot what objects, for example plants or wires, need to be removed from that particular room as they are in easy reach of a child’s curious hand.  This type of exercise is extremely important and should be carried out regularly as the baby grows and evolves. In fact, according to statistics, each year approximately 6,000 children die and another 120,000 children are seriously injured or permanently disabled in the U.S alone due to PREVENTABLE household accidents, which means that keeping your baby proofing standards up to date is as essential as ever. Some dangers, for example stairs, are easier detected than the possible accidents involving the tip over of a flat screen TV or the risk of drowning brought on by leaving a bathroom door unlocked.   To make sure nothing has been overlooked and your home is as safe as it may possibly be, book an appointment with a Baby Safe Homes safety professional. Our team will not only offer an in-home consultation and recommend specialized safety products but, if requested, will also proceed to a same day installation of child safety gates, cabinet and drawer locks and latches, safety straps for furniture, specialized door locks and window guards, customized plexiglas for banisters and decks, and whatever else may be needed. Prevent your child from becoming a statistic, call 888.481.7233

Custom safety locks for kitchens

Custom childproofing safety locks for kitchens Kitchens are full of potential hazards. These include gas, electricity, sharp utensils, chemicals, breakable glass and dishes, garbage disposals, and most of all fire hazards. According to a study carried out between 1990 and 2006, thermal burns caused by heat and fire accounted for nearly 60% of all child injuries, with most of these accidents relating to kitchen appliances. Pictured above, a custom appliance lock installed by our team on a microwave built into a kitchen center island below the counter level. Other baby proofing devices that keep children from burning themselves are stove knob covers which prevent infants from accidentally turning the fire on. Although baby proofing devices add a layer of protection to your home, nothing beats a parent’s watchful eye. Be mindful of the dangers your kitchen may carry and behave accordingly. A simple gesture as using the back burners to cook when children are around, or remembering to turn all pot handles toward the back of the stove, can go a long way. For more information on kitchen safety, safety locks on cabinets or appliances, or stove knob covers, please call 888.481.7233. Safety is just a phone call away.  

Large sectional baby safety gate

Large sectional baby safety gate The large sectional baby safety gate pictured below not only keeps the baby of the house from accessing the bottom of the stairs, climbing up them, and then potentially falling back down, but it also prevents him from reaching the front portion of the home. This solution is not only extremely convenient, being that the parents have addressed two potential hazards with a single installation, but it is also extremely elegant and in keeping with the overall style and décor of the home. Furthermore the baby safety gate pictured is equipped with an auto lock door system that will enable the user to hold the gate in an open position when the baby is either sleeping or out of the house, in order to facilitate entry and exit of the outlined area. Please keep in mind that children are constantly evolving and that child safety gates are intended only for children between 6 months and 2 years of age. Once a child has learned how to open the gate or climb over it, it should no longer be relied upon as a safety device. For more information about baby safety gates or to find the Baby Safe Home safety professional closest to you, please call 888.481.7233.

Customized sectional baby gate

Customized sectional baby gate Lots of actions can be taken by parents and caregivers to remove dangerous objects from a child’s reach, but the most effective solution is always that of keeping a child from entering rooms that hold potential threats altogether. Pictured below is a customized sectional baby gate installed to prevent a small child from accessing two potentially critical spaces: The staircase and the office landing area.   Although stairs, kitchens, bathrooms, decks and balconies are the most dangerous rooms in the home, other spaces can hold hazards to a small child. In this case there could be sharp edges on tables, or top-heavy furniture that a child can pull down on himself. Although the baby gate is in place it’s always ideal to add multiple layers of protection so, for example, secure the furniture with quality straps, pad sharp corners, install blind cleats so cords are out of reach and remove or block off tall floor lamps that could be pulled over. Also be mindful of glass top coffee tables (either remove them altogether or replace the glass with Plexiglas) and be aware that some plants are not only poisonous, but that their leaves and dirt are choking hazards, so keep them out of reach also. To book an appointment with a Baby Safe Homes safety specialist, or to learn more about customized sectional baby gates, quality furniture straps or other baby proofing devices, call 888.481.7233

Bathroom safety and pressure gates

Bathroom safety and pressure gates Just as any other room, bathroom’s hold hidden dangers for small children too. Start by setting the water heather temperature to a 125°F or less, to prevent accidental scalding when bathing a child or in the case he manages to turn the hot water on his own. During bath time never leave your baby alone in the tub and install tub spout pads and tub mats to reduce the risk of a child slipping and injuring their head. We’ve said this time and time again, but babies are always on the lookout for toys or for things to put in their mouths, so be sure to remove soap chips, shampoo, razors and other products from the edge of the tub or within their reach. Collect all medicines including, but not limited to, prescription drugs, vitamins and herbal supplements, and place in a safe container on the top shelf of a closet or other area NOT accessible to children. Same rule applies to hair dryers and curling irons. When not in use unplug them and store them away. Other safety devices that could be put in place in the bathroom are toilet locks to reduce the risk of drowning, and, if already installed, the removal of automatic bowl cleaners. Although safety measures have been put in place, it’s always best to prevent small children from accessing the room altogether if unattended. This can be done by making sure the door to this area remains locked at all times, or in alternative, by installing a self-closing auto lock pressure gate like the one pictured below. This baby gate’s door not only swings into both directions, but also has a hold open position, […]

Best gate for top of stairs

Best gate for top of stairs Child safety gates are not all the same. Some gates are suitable for the top of the stairs, some for the bottom, some are suitable to limit a child’s access to a certain room, or to keep him away from a dangerous hazard as could be a fireplace. Pressure and tension mounted gates for example should never be used at the top of stairs regardless of what the manufacturer claims. They offer a false sense of security and can cause injury to you or your child as they could be easily dislodged or become a tripping hazard. It is also best not to use this type of gate in high traffic locations as they are often knocked out of alignment and consequently cease to lock properly. When baby proofing the top of the stairs hardware mounted gates, such as the one pictured below, are the perfect solution. Contrary to what most people may think, if installed properly, this child safety gate, will not only be easier to use, but will also cause less damage to your walls than pressure mounted gates would. This safety gate was installed by a Baby Safe Homes safety professional in replacement of the tension gate previously installed (which can be seen in the background) and which had become a hazard to this family. Baby Safe Homes will help you choose the right gate the first time around by using only high quality gates that are stable, easy to use, and have a sturdy mechanism. Call 888.481.7233, Safety is just a phone call away!

Baby proofing and accidental poisoning

Baby proofing and accidental poisoning When baby proofing a home it’s a good idea to start by get down on your hands and knees and looking around from your baby’s perspective. This not only helps you spot potentially dangerous objects, but it also allows you to understand what your child can or can’t reach, for example certain drawers and cabinets. Whether in the kitchen, the bathroom, the laundry room or the garage, our homes are full of containers that could cause a great deal of harm to a small child who mistakes those colorful liquids or pills for juice or candy. Everything from medicines, bleaches, oven and drain cleaners, paint solvents, polishes, waxes and other toxic items should be kept out of reach, behind a secured latch cabinet or drawer. More than 1 million children under 6 are victims of accidental poisoning each year. This happens because at a young age children tend to explore the world by putting things in their mouth, so the only way to prevent them ‘exploring’ something dangerous is to make sure they don’t have access to it. Use high quality latches designed to be used with your specific cabinetry, and take special care to install them correctly. PLEASE NOTE that child-resistant does not mean childproof. If you plan on relying on containers sporting that label, instead of baby proofing devices such as locks and latches, then allow us to remind you that child-resistant containers are intended to DELAY a child who is trying to open something long enough for an adult to intervene. Most pediatricians in fact agree that if a child is left alone with such a container, it will take him/her no more than 30 minutes to […]

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