childproofing

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.

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

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, […]

Baby proofing a kitchen: Stove knob covers

Baby proofing a kitchen: Stove knob covers The kitchen is the most challenging part of the home to baby proof, mainly because of all the different dangers and hazards it holds for a small child. Nevertheless, it’s the room in which families spend most of their time, so safety measures need to be put in place to make sure everyone is safe. Install safety locks on cabinets containing detergent, pesticides and other toxic chemicals, or remove those substances all together by placing them in a spot so high your child can’t reach them. Same treatment applies to plastic bags and boxes of cling wrap. These may seem harmless objects, but the risk of a child recognizing them as toys and suffocating on them is quite high. Store knives and other sharp tools in latched drawers and move all electrical appliances out of your child’s reach, while making especially sure that your child isn’t able to reach their cords and potentially pull a heavy toaster or coffeemaker onto himself. Last but not least, make sure your child is unable to turn the stove on and off by himself by childproofing your stove with stove knob covers like the ones pictured below. Please remember that although baby proofing is a great way to add a layer of protection around your home, nothing beats parent supervision, especially in a dangerous rooms such as can be a kitchen. To learn more about cabinet safety locks and latches, as well as stove knob covers, book an appointment with the Baby Safe Homes safety specialist closest to you. Call 888.481.7233

Baby Gate for top of stairs – baby proofing Temecula, CA

Baby Proofing Temecula Top of Stairs Child Safety Gate The purpose of baby proofing is to find areas in your home that could be dangerous for your child and then come up with ways to minimize the risks of your little one getting hurt. Take stairs for example. If your home has any type of staircase, then childproofing this area BEFORE your baby starts crawling is fundamental in keeping him safe. The solution to your problem? A baby safety gate for top of stairs. When choosing the right baby gate for your home, keep in mind that your number one priority is your child’s safety, so get informed, choose wisely, and make sure you are purchasing a product that will work for your particular space. Also whatever product you choose, remember that picking a baby safety gate is one thing, installing it is another. Calling a professional baby proofer is the best way to make sure your child is protected by a top quality gate that will be installed correctly with as little damage as possible to your wall and railings. Pictured above is a baby safety gate installed by Baby Safe Homes at the top of the stairs of a home in Temecula, California. If you think your child deserves the best baby proofing devices to keep him or her safe, then contacting your local Baby Safe Homes safety professional is the best investment you and your family could make. Call 888.481.7233 or find your local Baby Safe Homes safety professional on this map.

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