banister shield

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

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

Baby proofing banisters

Baby proofing banisters The danger of children falling down stairs and hitting their heads is a common household accident that can be easily prevented by installing a child safety gate both at the top and at the bottom of the staircase. This simple and obvious child proofing solution is great to keep babies and toddlers safe around stairs, but unfortunately the risk of them falling down the steps is not the only one this part of the house holds. If your railings create gaps that are wider than 3 inches, or if there’s a row of ladder-like horizontal bars which could be used as a ladder to climb up and over the top, then it’s recommended that your banister be baby proofed too. Failing to baby proof stair railing could in fact result in your child slipping through the gap and falling from a considerable height, or even becoming wedged in the railings and suffocating. Fortunately, with supervision and a few simple steps, you should be able to prevent these accidents by covering the railings with either a sheet of clear plastic “banister shield” or Plexiglas.   Pictured above is an example of what we mean with ‘banister shield’. This solution is not only effective, as it safely fills the spaces between the railings, but it is also extremely elegant, as it can hardly be noticed. For more information on how to childproof railings, whether on decks, balconies or banisters, contact us to find the Baby Safe Home safety specialist nearest to you and your family. Call 888.481.7233.

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