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

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

Baby Safety for Stair Railings, Banisters and Balusters

We are often asked what can be done about stair banisters that are too far apart pose a falling hazard for their baby or toddler.  Rule of thumb is that any distance more than 2 3/8″ apart can pose a safety hazard.  Baby crib slats and approved safety gates also use the 2 3/8″ rule for their products.  They questions then becomes, what should be done? There are several options, some better than others.  Some manufacturers offer a type of netting that can be zip tied to the baluster posts.  This is not my favorite options as the netting can not typically be pulled and mounted tight enough and then the netting creates a new safety hazard.  Your giving your toddler something to climb up and over the stair railing. The better and safer option (aside from replacing your baluster posts) is to cover your baluster posts with Plexiglas or a Banister Shield.  Plexiglas is more rigid, more attractive, last longer and is nicest of the two options.  The downfall of Plexiglas is that it is expensive and difficult to custom cut and install. The other option is a Stair Banister Shield.  This is a clear plastic material which comes as a role in varying lengths.  It can be cut to length with scissors and attached to your baluster posts with zip ties. Here are some photos of a recent installation : If you have questions about your stair banister or balusters, please give us a call.  We are happy to assist and advise. 888.481.7233 Click Map for a Baby Safe Homes Baby Proofing Location Near You:

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