banister safety

Plexiglass banister shield

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. For more information on banister shields and stair rail safety, please call 888.481.7233

Child safety gate for deck installed in Orange County

Child safety gate for deck installed in Orange County Decks and balconies are the ultimate areas of the house to sit back and enjoy your home, but to fully relax, make sure they are safe enough for your child too. Extra layers of safety on decks and balconies include banister shields and a general attention to the toys and furniture placed near the railing. Be mindful of any chairs and tables that could easily be climbed on, and keep an eye on the sort of toys children bring with them outside to avoid the presence of objects that could be stacked up and used to peek up and over the deck. Although safety measures are in place, please keep in mind that decks and balconies are areas of the house in which children should never be left unattended. Baby proofing is an extremely important ally in keeping your family safe, but nothing beats your eyes and ears. To prevent your child from getting outside at all, restrict his access by installing a child safety gate like the one pictured above. This neat and elegant gate will keep your mind at ease by blocking your infant from wandering into a dangerous area unattended. To add a second barrier of protection, install safety locks on all perimeter doors leading to decks and balconies. To find the Baby Safe Homes safety specialist closest to you, and to learn more about banister shields, child safety gates and safety locks on doors and windows, please call 888.481.7233.

Baby proofing railings: Plexiglass shield

Baby proofing railings: Plexiglass shield Does your home have horizontal stair balusters like the ones in the picture below? If the answer is yes then know that if not baby proofed, they could cause a serious threat to your baby or your toddler.   Yes, building codes vary throughout the Country, but building guidelines weren’t necessarily drawn up with a child’s safety in mind. If the distance at the widest point between the railings is more than 4”, then that banister poses a ‘fit through’ hazard and needs to be childproofed. (Please note that the 4” rule also applies to the distance between the bottom rail and the floor.) A quick an attractive solution to this problem is the installation of a clear plexiglass shield. This invisible barrier will not only make sure your baby doesn’t fall or become entrapped between the railings, but it will also stop him from potentially climbing over. The ‘climbing over’ hazard is especially real if your staircase has a ledge, decorative iron, or horizontal rails that your toddler could easily use as a ladder while trying to get around the baby gate. Banister shields are affordable and non invasive to the overall look of the home, but most of all, they protect your little one from getting himself seriously injured. To learn more about banister safety and to schedule an appointment with the Baby Safe Homes safety professional nearest to you, call 888.481.7233

Custom wrap baby gate (Jersey City, NJ)

Custom wrap safety gate Baby Proofing Jersey City, NJ When searching for baby proofing devices it’s important to understand whether or not a certain item will suit your home’s specific needs. Baby gates for example come in various shapes and sizes, as well as different mounting styles. It doesn’t matter whether the gate you choose had great reviews or was highly rated by friends, family or people on the internet, every situation is different. Take the home pictured below for example. As can be seen, the custom safety gate installed by Baby Safe Homes around this staircase doesn’t just block off the steps, it also wraps around its unique vertical cables. This is what we mean when we say that choosing the correct gate for each particular situation is critical. Those cables pose a serious hazard for little ones. Children could either grab on to them and use them to climb up the stairs, risking a bad fall, or they could get their heads trapped in-between the railing.  Find your local Baby Safe Homes safety professional, and be sure to install the baby gate that will best suit your home’s needs. Call 888.481.7233

Baby safety installation on stair banister

Baby safety installation on stair banister At many stages in the first 2 years or so of their lives babies are perfectly able to roll, sit, crawl and walk around your home as soon as you turn your back on them. Although able to climb up and down furniture, they do not yet have the coordination to react to certain types of dangers, as can be a fall. If you are lucky, your child will tumble off something low and will only get a scare, but if you haven’t properly baby proofed your home and haven’t restricted his access to the stairs, he could take a much more serious fall. Properly install a safety gate at the top and at the bottom of stairs to isolate steps and make it harder for children to reach them. Please keep in mind that where there is a will, there is a way, and if indirectly aided, a child’s curiosity will find a way to get past the baby gate. For this reason we advise to keep stairs clear of toys, shoes, and anything else that may be used as a climbing tool to reach the height of the gate. Also, if your banisters are wider than 3 inches apart, it’s important to install plexiglass to prevent children falling between the baluster, or also injuring themselves by getting their heads stuck. Pictured below is a Baby Safe Homes safety professional at work, installing plexiglass on a dangerously wide banister. Baby proofing is serious business, and it is a fundamental step to keeping your family safe. Call 888.481.7233 to find the Baby Safe Homes safety professional nearest to you.

Stair Banisters Need Baby Proofing Too

Banisters need baby proofing We’ve talked many times about the importance of baby gates at the top and at the bottom of stairs, but let’s not forget that banisters need baby proofing too. Stair banisters can pose three different safety hazards: Your child could climb over the railings and fall Baby could slip through the gap He or she could become wedged and suffocate. If the baluster creates any gaps that are wider than 3 inches, you’ll need to make some modifications to stop your child from squeezing through. Same thing goes if your stairway design includes a ledge, decorative iron, horizontal rails or anything that can be climbed to get up and over the top rail. The most affordable option for each of these safety hazards is a sheet of custom Plexiglas: It is safer and more attractive than netting, and it can easily be removed when your child is old enough to understand the hazard. Don’t take a gamble on your child’s safety. Let Baby Safe Homes assist you in the installation of custom plexiglas to eliminate this potential deadly hazard in your home. Contacts us at 888.481.7233.  

Deck, Balcony and Banisters Safety

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.                             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  

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