WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT
CHILDPROOFING BALCONIES & DECKS
AND STYLES OF BALCONY & DECK SAFETY PRODUCTS
If you have good carpentry skills or wish to hire someone to
install it, Plexiglass
or Lexan offers a transparent,
durable shield that’s both attractive, durable and safe. Since it’s not an off-the-shelf product, it has to be ordered,
cut and installed, it’s not practical for many families.
This clear, transparent
guard is similar to Plexiglass, but comes in a roll, is lightweight and can
be easily trimmed to size with scissors. It’s also less expensive, more
flexible and easier to install than Plexiglas or Lexan.
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
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.
AND DON'TS -
THE PROPER USE OF BALCONY & DECK SAFETY PRODUCTS
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.
outlet plates, covers or caps on all outdoor outlets electrical outlets.
all doorways carefully to make sure they do not offer access to unsafe areas.
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.
The 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.