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

Safe and invisible baby proofing

Safe and invisible baby proofing When baby proofing a home, stairs are always at the top of the list of spaces that need to be secured. Small children can fall off them, get caught in between the banisters, or dangerously climb over them. Although a parent’s prerogative is their child’s safety, we do understand the desire to keep your home looking a certain way. What we mean by this is that not all baby safety protections need to be obvious, or, in some cases, a complete eye soar. Believe it or not, it is in fact possible to have a virtually invisible, yet safe, alternative. Pictured below is a decorative iron stair banister. As can be seen, the gaps in the design are more than 3 inches apart and therefore, for the safety of infants and toddlers living, or visiting the home, need to be covered.     A detail that may have escaped most of our readers is that those gaps… are already covered! Plexiglass, the material used on this iron stair banister, is a safe and virtually invisible barrier that will protect your children from dangerous accidents, while at the same time, leaving your home’s aesthetics unaltered. For more information on childproofing stairs, banisters, or other at risk rooms, please contact your local Baby Safe Homes safety professional. We would be happy to assist you with all of your childproofing needs. Call 888.481.7233

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