childproofing

Prevent tip-overs with baby safe furniture straps

Prevent tip-overs with furniture straps Toddlers often see furniture as a fun jungle gym, but their efforts to climb up can throw even heavy pieces off balance. Children ages two to five are the most frequent victims of furniture tip-over incidents, and it is therefore imperative that you anchor all furniture, electronics, and appliances that could potentially fall on top of them. Everything from dressers, to bookshelves to Tv’s (especially flat screen ones) to your child’s changing table, need to be properly secured and anchored with straps like the ones pictured below. Like many other childproofing devices such as baby safety gates or cabinet and drawer locks and latches, it’s important that the safety straps you install are of high quality and do what is required of them. Inappropriate safety straps will only provide a false sense of security and your children could still be at risk of suffering a furniture tip over. Contact your local Baby Safe Homes safety professional to set up an appointment to learn more about our baby proofing solutions. Call 888-481-7233

Child safety window guards and locks.

Child safety window guards and locks The under-fives are the most at-risk age group from accidental falls through windows and on balconies. According to the Child Accident Prevention Trust (CAPT), one child under five is admitted to hospital every day after falling from a building. Children at a young age are naturally curious and keen to explore their surroundings, but at the same time aren’t aware of the possible risks and dangers that accompany their wandering around. This is when baby proofing comes in handy. Everything from stairs, socket points, cookers, electrical equipment, cleaning products and heavy furniture, need to be secured, but today our attention is on windows. Start by examining window areas carefully to make sure that children cannot climb on anything (e.g. furniture or beds) that would place them at a height in which they could easily reach an open window. Secondly, install child safety window guards, as well as window locks. Safety devices must be in place regardless of whether or not you plan to frequently open that specific window. Children are fast learners, and if the opportunity arises, they will no doubt try to have a go at opening it themselves, so be prepared. Window locks and window guards are the best way to baby proof a window and avoid preventable household accidents such as falls, so be sure to select a high quality device that is also appropriate to your child’s age and skill level. Contact a Baby Safe Homes safety professional to receive indications on how to best baby proof your home and to keep your family safe. 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.

Baby proofing and DIY

Baby proofing and DIY Baby proofing is not a one-time procedure, but an adopted way of life. You can help keep your family safe by removing dangerous objects that your baby could easily come into contact with when crawling, for example poisonous plants, washing liquid, bleaches, and other items you keep on the floor or in low cabinets. You can also prevent accidents by asking visitors to leave their purses or jackets out of your child’s reach to avoid them getting a hold of prescription medication, lighters, cigarettes, or other everyday objects that could be dangerous if found by a baby. You can lock doors to rooms that hold potential hazards, keep electrical cords and blind cords tied up to avoid choking incidents, and also adjust the water temperature to make sure the hot water doesn’t scald your child. There are many things that can be done by a parent to avoid putting your child in danger, but certain things, such as installing baby gates on stairs or around pools, plexiglas on banisters, child safety locks and furniture straps, are a bit more complicated to put in place by yourself. Products such as child safety gates and safety locks for example, not only come in different shapes and sizes, but in order to safely carry out their purpose, they need to be properly installed. From experience, when such tasks are attempted by non professional, the device is either set up wrong, and is therefore useless, or the walls and furniture are left with extensive damage.                   Baby Safe Home’s trained consultants provide in-home consultations, recommend specialized safety products and provide professional same day installation. Save yourself a lot […]

Baby proofing a kitchen

Baby proofing a kitchen The kitchen holds many hazards for children, so much so that some experts even recommend they completely get excluded from it. We realize how difficult this would be, seeing that it’s a room in which parents spend a lot of their time, so here are other solutions to keep children safe in this part of the house. Store dangerous objects such as dishwasher soap or polish and sharp instruments such as knives, forks and scissors, in a high cabinet or in a locked drawer. Easy to use child proof cabinet and drawer locks like the ones pictured above, help in keeping little hands away from cutlery or poisonous substances. Remember to unplug appliances when they are not in use so your child cannot turn them on, and don’t allow electrical cords to dangle where your child can reach and tug on them. This could result in a child possibly pulling a heavy appliance onto himself. When cooking, make sure pot handles are turned towards the back of the stove so your child can’t reach up and grab them, and be sure you know where he is so you don’t trip over him while holding a hot plate or a hot liquid. If you think that the kitchen may be too dangerous for your children to be in, then installing a child safety baby gate at the entrance of the room is another possible option. Contact your local Baby Safe Homes safety professional for a complete walk-through of your home and for more information on drawer locks and child safety gates. Call 888-481-7233.

Child safety locks prevent accidents

Child safety locks prevent accidents Every week around 500 children under five are rushed to hospital because they have swallowed something poisonous. We cannot stress enough the importance of keeping harmful products out of a child’s reach. Although you may use them daily and not even consider them to be dangerous, your house and garage are full of supplies made with household chemicals that could potentially poison a child. Also products such as extra cans of paint, cleaning products, nail polish remover, bleach and many more, come in brightly colored boxes and bottles, detail that could furthermore intrigue a young child in drinking them or pouring them onto their skin. All of these potentially dangerous items should therefore be either stored on a shelf too high for kids to reach (even with a step stool) or behind a cabinet or drawer with a secure child safety lock like the one pictured below. This child safety lock was recently installed by Baby Safe Homes and prevents children from opening the cabinet and coming into contact with the products stored inside. To learn more about child safety locks and other baby proofing solutions, please contact your local Baby Safe Homes safety professional. Call 888.481.7233 Safety is just a phone call away

Child safety gates prevent accidents

Child safety gates prevent accidents Kitchens hold many hazards for a crawling baby. They can open low cabinets full of toxic liquids or pods that could easily be mistaken for candy, or they could grab a magnet off the fridge and put it in their mouth. They could also reach for something that’s cooking on the stove or pull appliances or other objects towards them by tugging on electrical cords or on tablecloths. It’s important to keep children that are too young to understand the dangers of a kitchen outside this hazardous area by using baby safety gates like the one pictured below.     Quality safety gates are a must if you want to contain your baby in a specific area of your home or if you want to barricade them from a specific hazard. Always remember to close the safety gate behind you when entering or leaving the kitchen, and keep the gate free from furniture or other objects your child could use to climb over it. Find the Baby Safe Homes safety professional nearest to you, and start baby proofing your kitchen and the rest of your home with high quality materials installed by professionals! Call 888.481.7233

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