deck safety

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.

Childproofing an Outside Deck

Childproofing a deck Although decks can be a beautiful and relaxing element to any home, they can pose serious dangers for babies and toddlers. Young children may easily become trapped between railings or even worse, slip through and fall. When childproofing a deck it is important to consider the actual decoration and layout of the railings: The distance (at the widest point) between them should be no more than 4”, while the height should not be lower than 36”. If this is the case with your home deck, an effective solution to childproof the area would be to correct the wide-spaced rails by either installing additional rails, netting, or a Plexiglass/Banister shield alongside the railing.     Also, as with areas surrounding stairs, windows and balconies, this is also a situation in which it’s important to remove all furniture or objects to close to the railings in order to avoid a child using them as climbing structures. Please remember that childproofing or safety devices never replace the supervision of a responsible adult. Yes, childproofing and safety devices do add a layer of protection, but a young child should never be left unattended in a deck or balcony area. Contact your local Baby Safe Homes safety specialist for all of your childproofing needs regarding decks, balconies, stairs, windows and more. Call 888.481.7233

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