YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT . . .
you have good carpentry skills or wish to hire someone to install it, plexiglas
or lexan offers a transparent,
durable shield thats both attractive, durable and safe.
Since its not an off-the-shelf product, it has to be ordered, cut and
installed, its not practical for many families.
clear, transparent guard is similar to plexiglass, but comes in a roll, is
lightweight and can be easily
trimmed to size with scissors. Its also less expensive, more flexible and
easier to install than plexiglas or lexan.
Kid Shield, 15'
Item # 910
is a durable, plastic mesh style netting that's designed for outdoor use. Most
styles can be cut to size with scissors, install with special ties and may
require screw eyes to fasten to the deck if the netting secures directly to the
Deck Netting 36"H x 30'L
Item # 80
offer us a place to enjoy the summer months but can also be dangerous for
curious toddlers who will try to climb over or squeeze through balusters.
Following are a few steps you can take to safety check your deck. Keep in mind
that some of this information also applies to indoor balconies.
and deck railings should be spaced no more than 4" apart. You can make
your deck safer with a bit of carpentry work (i.e. installing additional
balusters or custom installed plexiglas/lexan) or by installing a specially
designed safety product such as a balcony shield or deck netting.
to also check the distance between the bottom railing and the deck floor
to make sure that this distance does not exceed 4" either.
gates can be installed on decks to create a confined area within your deck and to prevent access to stairs.
each spring, check deck floors, handrails, etc. for loose boards and
Install child-safe outlet plates, covers or caps on all outdoor electrical outlets located in deck area.
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 deck floor.
wide-spaced rails by installing additional rails, netting or a Plexiglas/lexan
shield alongside the railing. Extremely wide spacing may require some
safety gates to help prevent access to stairs.
child-safe outlet plates, covers or caps on all outdoor outlets electrical
all doorways carefully to make sure they do not offer access to unsafe
chairs, benches, outdoor furniture or any objects near side railings so tots
cannot use them as climbing structures.
safety netting or any balcony guard on railings that are spaced too far
apart to provide adequate support for the product. If this is the case,
remodel your deck so it is child-safe.
your child unattended, or rely on any safety item to keep your child safe.
information given and the products referred to can reduce the likeliness of
injury and are intended to help you provide a safer environment for your child.
The effectiveness of suggested products depends on proper installation and use.
There is no replacement for adult supervision.