safety latches

Baby proofing and accidental poisoning

Baby proofing and accidental poisoning When baby proofing a home it’s a good idea to start by get down on your hands and knees and looking around from your baby’s perspective. This not only helps you spot potentially dangerous objects, but it also allows you to understand what your child can or can’t reach, for example certain drawers and cabinets. Whether in the kitchen, the bathroom, the laundry room or the garage, our homes are full of containers that could cause a great deal of harm to a small child who mistakes those colorful liquids or pills for juice or candy. Everything from medicines, bleaches, oven and drain cleaners, paint solvents, polishes, waxes and other toxic items should be kept out of reach, behind a secured latch cabinet or drawer. More than 1 million children under 6 are victims of accidental poisoning each year. This happens because at a young age children tend to explore the world by putting things in their mouth, so the only way to prevent them ‘exploring’ something dangerous is to make sure they don’t have access to it. Use high quality latches designed to be used with your specific cabinetry, and take special care to install them correctly. PLEASE NOTE that child-resistant does not mean childproof. If you plan on relying on containers sporting that label, instead of baby proofing devices such as locks and latches, then allow us to remind you that child-resistant containers are intended to DELAY a child who is trying to open something long enough for an adult to intervene. Most pediatricians in fact agree that if a child is left alone with such a container, it will take him/her no more than 30 minutes to […]

Bathroom safety and toilet locks

Bathroom safety and toilet locks We’ve talked about baby proofing stairs and kitchens and windows, but let’s not forget that bathrooms need baby proofing too. The American Academy of Pediatrics warns that toilets are a much overlooked drowning hazard to children in the home. Young children are in fact curious and uncoordinated, if they fall head first in the toilet it’s very difficult for them to have the strength to pull themselves back out. The easiest way to childproof a toilet is to keep the door shut and secured at all times. This may seem like a simple enough thing to do, but are you 100% sure you’ll remember to do that every single time you finish using the bathroom? What if you’re in a hurry and have other things running through your head and forget to lock it? What about family members or guests, will they always remember to lock the door when they leave? All this worrying can be solved by installing a toilet latch. Most people hate installing toilet locks as they are not very pretty and a bit inconvenient, but it’s the best solution to keep your child’s curious hands out of the toilet and reduce drowning hazards. Other bathroom safety items include spout cushions and shower locks. To learn more about bathroom safety please read our ‘Baby safety tips – Room by Room‘ guide and call 888.481.7233 to book an appointment with your local Baby Safe Home safety professional.

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

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.

Kitchen safety

Kitchen safety Baby Safe Homes performs a complete walk-through of your home and provides a detailed, itemized estimate of what we think would best baby proof your home. It is then entirely up to you to decide how much or how little work you would like to have done. Let’s take as an example kitchen safety tips and recommendations. To steer clear of tipping hazards, anchor floor standing ovens to the floor. To check your oven, grab the back of the oven and pull forward or open the oven door and push down. The oven should not tip forward. Keep dishwasher locked or install an appliance latch. If latching is not possible, point sharp utensils downward. Do not add dish washing detergent until you plan to run the washer, and when not using it, store it out of reach. Cabinets and drawers below counter level need to be secured with high quality latches specific to your cabinetry. Although latches are installed try as much as possible to store all chemicals and poisons (e.g Cleaning products) out of reach of children. Also, keep knives and sharp objects toward the back of drawers. Other possible child proofing solutions to secure a kitchen would be for example, to install self close electrical outlets, outlet plugs, power strip covers, or carbon monoxide and smoke detectors. Call 888.481.7233 and book an appointment with our Baby Safe Homes safety professional nearest to you. Baby Safe Homes, baby proofing, tailored to YOUR needs!

Safely installing baby latches on cabinets

Safely installing baby latches on cabinets Cabinets can hide objects that are harmless to an adult who knows how to properly use them, but that are extremely dangerous for a baby or a toddler. Cabinets can store knives or poisonous substances that your child could get a hold of and ingest. They can also be easily opened or closed putting your son or daughter at risk of getting their finger stuck between the door. All these hazards pose a threat that can be eliminated by safely installing baby latches on cabinets. Adhesive magnet baby latches prove to be extremely popular with DIY parents because this particular format is considered not only effective, but also simple to use and to install. Unfortunately, this is rarely the case. Not only do most products easily break, but they also end up ruining furniture, leaving their mark long after they have been removed and are no longer needed. Pictured below is a perfect example of a DIY job gone wrong.                                                                       This broken adhesive magnet baby latch was installed by our customer thinking it would serve his family well, and not damage their cabinets. Unfortunately, as can be seen, this product not only broke, but permanently ruined the surface it was placed on. Baby Safe Homes intervened by baby proofing the rest of the home and replacing the pictured broken adhesive magnet locks. It is extremely important to choose the proper latch for your cabinetry. Adhesive latches may sound like a good idea, but the […]

Safe cabinets and drawer safety latches

Safe cabinets and drawer safety locks and latches Babies get into trouble faster that you can say abc, and even though there may be nothing sitting around that could hurt them, they can still open drawers and get their hands on things they shouldn’t. Baby Safe Homes uses safe cabinets and drawer safety locks and latches that are sure to keep your child away from sharp and potentially dangerous objects. Most of the latches we use are not available direct to the consumer and are much better quality, more durable and easier to use than those found in retail stores. It is extremely important to choose the correct latch for each cabinet and drawer based on how the cabinetry was built. This will not only make sure it will do the job it was bought for, but it will also avoid damaging your furniture. In the pictures below we can see, on the left, an example of a job well done by a Baby Safe Homes safety professional, and on the right, a common latch found in retail stores that has permanently ruined the cabinet on which it was placed.                     Along with child safety locks and latches for drawers and cabinets, we provide custom baby safety star gates, electrical outlet and cord safety, baby safe toilet locks and bathroom safety, no-tip furniture straps, Plasma LCD and TV safety straps, child safe door locks and stops, smoke and carbon monoxide and smoke detectors, grab bars tailored to the needs of YOUR family. Safety is just a phone call away. Contact us at 888.481.7233.

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