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We need a gate we can use at the
top of our stairs
on our outside deck.
There are several gates available for use in
outdoor stairway locations, depending on the size that you
need. Please keep in mind you MUST use a hardware
mounted (screwed in) gate at the top of all stairways.
For a stairway opening 27" to 42 1/2" (add extension
to fit spaces up to 64") check out the Cardinal
Gates Stairway Special.
The Kidco Angle Mount
Safeway will fit spaces 28" to 42 1/2"
and you can add extensions to fit spaces up to 63".
Be sure to treat the gate with a rust
inhibiting product to prevent rust, and bring it inside during
cold winter months.
need a gate for the top of the
stairs but one
side is wall and the other is a metal handrail (wrought iron).
I cannot use a pressure gate because of the stair use and I
cannot use a hardware mount system because of the metal
A wrought iron
railing is a common concern. For mounting a gate to this
type of railing, you will need a
gate installation kit.
Using the appropriate kit for your situation, you will create a
'frame' around the wrought iron railing. Hardware
mounted gates can then be mounted into this 'frame.'
sliding closet doors in our daughters room. How can we
prevent her from opening them?
Bedroom closets, and other
doors can be secured with door locks to keep them from
opening, and to help prevent pinched fingers. For
sliding closet doors, try the
Kidco Sliding Closet Door
If your closet doors are bi-folding
doors, try the Bi-Fold
Have doors with long handles
(levers) instead of knobs? Secure them with the
Kidco Lever Door Lock.
recommended maximum distance between banister rails?
As a general rule, banisters
that have vertical or horizontal openings wider than
4" can pose a safety risk for children. This
includes banisters inside and outside of the house.
Banister guards - clear plastic shields, can be attached to
banisters to close off the gaps and help prevent accidents
from falls through the railings and from becoming stuck in the
Banister guards also help prevent children
from climbing up balusters.
all seems so overwhelming. Is there a professional
service that we can hire who can consult and then actually
childproof our home? How much would a service like that
typically cost? Do you make referrals?
Totsafe offers Home
Babyproofing Services to most of SE Michigan. Check out
our Home Services page for more
information regarding this service, including our service
area, contact information, and what our services include!
If you do not live in our service area, check your local phone
book under "Child Safety" or ask local Mom's Groups
to help you locate babyproofing services available in your
area. Make sure you ask your babyproofer for
professional references - in many states there is no licensing
or certification necessary for these services.
Should we use
something on the stairs to help keep our 3 year old from
Absolutely. Using a
non-slip stairway runner can help your little one climb up and
down the stairs without slipping. Stairway runners can
be purchased at most hardware stores. Please be sure to
continue to supervise your little climber closely when she's
climbing the stairs, even with a non-slip runner. This
is still only practice and she should not be allowed to climb
without supervision for quite some time.
How can we
proof our kitchen without installing all of those cabinet
& drawer latches?
Whenever possible, we
recommend blocking off the kitchen with a baby safety gate,
especially while you are cooking. Installing and
consistently using a baby safety gate in the doorway or
entryway of your kitchen would eliminate the need for cabinet
& drawer latches (and refrigerator & oven latches,
stove knob covers, etc). Be sure to read the
manufacturers instructions to ensure proper installation and
use of the gate, and discontinue use of the gate when the gate
is at or below your child's shoulder level.
Be sure, though, to check out all the different types of
cabinet latches available. There are so many different
types, you are very likely to find one that will work for you,
your home, and your child. And trust me, it becomes
second nature to use them very quickly!
is your lazy susan latch installed? Is it screwed in or
is it an adhesive?
Susan Latch is screwed in with two screws on the side of
the cabinet frame. The latch "clamps" around the
lazy susan door, keeping it from opening in both directions.
The lazy susan doors must be a part of the lazy susan, not the
type that first open, and the lazy susan is behind. This
latch does not work on cabinet frames with beveled edges.
I need to buy
several of the sliding safety plate
outlet covers, but I want to be sure I'm getting the
First, you need to know what type of outlets your home has.
Each item is designated which type of outlet it is for, and
the product pictures illustrate it further. Sliding
safety plates are under the category "Electrical
outlets (1 screw) with 2 prongs,
- Standard outlets (1 screw) with 3 prongs, or
- Decorator outlets (2 screws) with 3 prongs.
Most outlet safety products are
designed for standard outlet styles.
We have a gas
fireplace and the light switch for it is rather low. Our
2 1/2 year old can easily reach it.
Is there any sort of
light switch protector that you know of?
Totsafe does not currently
carry any product designed specifically for this purpose,
however, at many hardware stores you can find this type of
protector. Check with a hardware store for a light switch lock
or light switch guard.
I am looking for
something to keep my daughter away
from the treadmill. Any
Configure Gate works well for childproofing the space
around a treadmill and other exercise equipment. Unlike
standard baby safety gates that only mount in a straight line,
the Kidco Configure Gate can be customized
to fit almost any shape and size that you need.
good for around treadmills, to surround stairways, blocking
off entryways, even around Christmas trees.
I'm worried that my daughter
will get burned on the wall heater in her bedroom and on other
ones throughout the house. What can I do to help keep
her away from it?
Wall heaters are a common concern for
parents. Many models can become hot to the touch, and
they may have sharp edges that children can become hurt on.
We often recommend parents try to 'barricade' wall
heaters from children by placing furniture in front of the
heater - if you decide to do this, be sure to keep the
furniture away from the heater enough so that it doesn't pose
a fire hazard. A second option is to block off the
heater with a gate, like the Kidco Configure Gate. Be sure to mount the gate far enough
from the heater that baby can not reach in and touch the
childproofing consist of, and when should I do it?
It is never to early to
start childproofing your home, we recommend that it be done
when your child is around 3-6 months of age, before he/she can
crawl. Don’t wait for your child to start opening
cabinets or trying to climb the stairs before you childproof
your home. Do it as soon as you can, and as thoroughly as
possible to help prevent the number one cause of injury to
children (unintentional injuries).
There are several items that
you may need in order to properly childproof your home. Here
are a few suggestions of the most commonly needed items. Your
home may need more or less of these items. Check out our
Home Childproofing Checklist for a
Buying products isn't the
only thing that childproofing consists of. It also means
moving things, putting things out of reach, locking things
away, using safe, healthy practices, and supervising children.
Talk to other parents, find out what they did to safeguard
their children, ask your child's pediatrician for
childproofing tips that are appropriate for your child's age,
do everything you can do to become more educated on what it
takes to keep your child safe at home!
out Totsafe's Home Childproofing
Checklist for more information regarding childproofing at
Looking for a baby
safety gate? Visit Totsafe's Guide
To Baby Safety Gates for help in selecting the right gate!