stair railings

Plexiglass banister shield

Child Safe Plexiglass banister shield Did you know that the National Health and Safety Standards Guidelines for Child Care and Early Education recommend that balusters and spindles on stair rails be no more than three and a half inches apart? Wide banisters in fact pose a likely threat to small children as they can easily fit through the gaps and fall, or even become wedged and trapped. As a rule of thumb, rails should be no further apart than three and a half inches, narrower if your child is younger than the age of two. An effective baby proofing solution to this problem are banister guards. The better and safer option (aside from replacing your baluster posts) is to cover your baluster posts with Plexiglas or a Banister Shield. Shields consist of a clear plastic material which come as a role in varying lengths and can be cut to length with scissors and attached to your baluster posts with zip ties. The other solution, which is the one pictured below, is Plexiglass.   Plexiglass is more rigid, more attractive (you hardly notice it!), lasts longer and is the nicest of the two options. The downfall of Plexiglas is that it is expensive and difficult to custom cut and install. Banister guards keep little ones from putting their arms and legs through the openings in stair railings as well as preventing them from become trapped between the gap and getting hurt. For more information on banister shields and stair rail safety, please 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 safety installation on stair banister

Baby safety installation on stair banister At many stages in the first 2 years or so of their lives babies are perfectly able to roll, sit, crawl and walk around your home as soon as you turn your back on them. Although able to climb up and down furniture, they do not yet have the coordination to react to certain types of dangers, as can be a fall. If you are lucky, your child will tumble off something low and will only get a scare, but if you haven’t properly baby proofed your home and haven’t restricted his access to the stairs, he could take a much more serious fall. Properly install a safety gate at the top and at the bottom of stairs to isolate steps and make it harder for children to reach them. Please keep in mind that where there is a will, there is a way, and if indirectly aided, a child’s curiosity will find a way to get past the baby gate. For this reason we advise to keep stairs clear of toys, shoes, and anything else that may be used as a climbing tool to reach the height of the gate. Also, if your banisters are wider than 3 inches apart, it’s important to install plexiglass to prevent children falling between the baluster, or also injuring themselves by getting their heads stuck. Pictured below is a Baby Safe Homes safety professional at work, installing plexiglass on a dangerously wide banister. Baby proofing is serious business, and it is a fundamental step to keeping your family safe. Call 888.481.7233 to find the Baby Safe Homes safety professional nearest to you.

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

By |September 19th, 2016|Design, Safe Home, Safety|0 Comments

Deck, Balcony and Banisters Safety

Decks, balconies and banisters Decks, balconies and banisters pose several hazards — the most serious being that your child could slip through the railings and fall, or become wedged in the railings and suffocate. Although building codes are different throughout the country, there are basic safety guidelines to follow. First of all measure the distance (at the widest point) between indoor and outdoor deck and balcony railings. The distance should be no more than 4”. This also applies to the distance between the bottom rail and the floor. If the railings on your deck or balcony create any gaps that are wider than 4” inches or if the railing has a row of ladder-like horizontal bars which could be used as a ladder to climb up and over the top, you’ll need to make some modifications.  To help prevent this the railings can be covered with a sheet of clear plastic “banister shield” or Plexiglas.                             As can be seen from the images above, both solutions baby proof the area without being invasive and without altering the home’s style and aesthetic.  Please keep in mind that at no point in time should items such as furniture, toys, and potted plants, be placed near the banister, giving children the opportunity to climb up and over the rails. Contact your local Baby Safe Homes safety specialist for more information on how to best baby proof your home. Call 888.481.7233  

Climbing and Falling Hazard – Furniture and Banister Safety for your Baby and Toddler

Furniture placement can often be a crucial safety decision for your baby and toddler especially when that piece of furniture becomes a climbing and falling hazard.  Falls are the NUMBER ONE cause of injury for toddlers in the home and some falls can be fatal! Every once in a while I come across something in a customers home that makes the hair on the back of my neck stand on end and when I point the hazard out to the customer, their reaction is about the same. Recently I came across a couch pushed right up against the stair banister in a third floor play room. My customer was concerned about the obvious danger of her toddler falling down the stairs but had not even thought of the bigger, more dangerous safety hazard of the couch up against the stair banisters. She almost cried when I pointed it out to her. She said her 21 month old had been playing up there alone for the last few days and was climbing on the couch. When she realized the potential falling hazard, it made her sick to her stomach.                       In the photo below, the chair and plants were right next to the stair railing at another clients home.  She also did not realize that these could be a climbing and falling hazard.  Here decorative iron railing also posed a climbing hazard.  We took measurements to install Plexiglas at a future date.         Both situations demonstrate why a set of trained professional eyes can uncover hazards that many parents would never think of.  To uncover hazards in your home, please contact your local Baby […]

Baby Proofing in National City, CA – Stair Banister Climbing – Falling Hazard

Moving items away from your stair banisters and railings in a simple child proofing tip that eliminates a climbing and falling hazard. Take a look at these climbing hazards we found in a National City home we baby proofed.  The ottoman and chair both provide a baby, toddler or child a place to climb and look and potentially fall over the stair railing.   The only way to prevent this child safety problem is to move the items away from the stair railing to eliminate the climbing hazard.

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