Toddler Safety

How to avoid preventable accidents

How to avoid preventable accidents One of our favorite tips to give whenever someone starts the process of baby proofing a home, is that of getting down on your hands and knees to look at your surroundings from a baby’s perspective. This method can help spot what objects, for example plants or wires, need to be removed from that particular room as they are in easy reach of a child’s curious hand.  This type of exercise is extremely important and should be carried out regularly as the baby grows and evolves. In fact, according to statistics, each year approximately 6,000 children die and another 120,000 children are seriously injured or permanently disabled in the U.S alone due to PREVENTABLE household accidents, which means that keeping your baby proofing standards up to date is as essential as ever. Some dangers, for example stairs, are easier detected than the possible accidents involving the tip over of a flat screen TV or the risk of drowning brought on by leaving a bathroom door unlocked.   To make sure nothing has been overlooked and your home is as safe as it may possibly be, book an appointment with a Baby Safe Homes safety professional. Our team will not only offer an in-home consultation and recommend specialized safety products but, if requested, will also proceed to a same day installation of child safety gates, cabinet and drawer locks and latches, safety straps for furniture, specialized door locks and window guards, customized plexiglas for banisters and decks, and whatever else may be needed. Prevent your child from becoming a statistic, call 888.481.7233

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 a kitchen: Stove knob covers

Baby proofing a kitchen: Stove knob covers The kitchen is the most challenging part of the home to baby proof, mainly because of all the different dangers and hazards it holds for a small child. Nevertheless, it’s the room in which families spend most of their time, so safety measures need to be put in place to make sure everyone is safe. Install safety locks on cabinets containing detergent, pesticides and other toxic chemicals, or remove those substances all together by placing them in a spot so high your child can’t reach them. Same treatment applies to plastic bags and boxes of cling wrap. These may seem harmless objects, but the risk of a child recognizing them as toys and suffocating on them is quite high. Store knives and other sharp tools in latched drawers and move all electrical appliances out of your child’s reach, while making especially sure that your child isn’t able to reach their cords and potentially pull a heavy toaster or coffeemaker onto himself. Last but not least, make sure your child is unable to turn the stove on and off by himself by childproofing your stove with stove knob covers like the ones pictured below. Please remember that although baby proofing is a great way to add a layer of protection around your home, nothing beats parent supervision, especially in a dangerous rooms such as can be a kitchen. To learn more about cabinet safety locks and latches, as well as stove knob covers, book an appointment with the Baby Safe Homes safety specialist closest to you. Call 888.481.7233

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

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

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