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Child Safety Products for Doors & Windows

For the last two weeks we talked about a number of child safety techniques to protect your children and pets.  We invited Bill Brooner of Baby Proofing Montgomery to share his expertise and we learned so much.  It’s been a few years since I had babies crawling on the floor and I have to say I am very impressed with the new advances in baby and pet proofing.  Here is a roundup of terrific & unique products in

the Door & Window category… 

 Child Safety Products for Doors & Windows

Prevents pinched fingers

The Door Monkey locks doors in a slight cracked position to allow fresh air to circulate thoughout a secured room, and protect little fingers form painful door pinch injuries.  The Door Monkey works with standard interior doors and frames, and any style door knob or lever, and it can be unlocked from either inside or outside the room. The adjustable height and easy operation makes it a perfect solution for kids with younger siblings (and great for pet too!

For Lever Handles, this special lock keeps tots from opening doors with lever handles.  The device Door Lever Locklocks and resets automatically after each use.

 Child Safety Products for Doors & Windows

Door Lever Lock

The Pro-Grade Lever Door Handle Lock works with the natural motion of the door handle.  The push and slide action indicates the lock and unlock positions.

 Child Safety Products for Doors & Windows

Doors won’t swing shut

And for any door, keep it from swinging with grippers to assist in hold the door in open position.  The Under Door Gripper prevents slimming doors and pinching little fingers, and especially useful for swinging doors.

 Child Safety Products for Doors & Windows

Easy locking

For secure sliding doors, windows, and even smooth surface shower doors, use the Sliding Door Lock.  Simply flip up to lock, fold down and the front of the door slides over the lock.

 Child Safety Products for Doors & Windows

Home security for doors

The Patio Door Guardian effectively secures and childproofs sliding patio / deck doors.  Created with home security in mind, this lock is ideal for childproofing.  The Patio Door Guardian also allows you to lock the door with a 3” gap for ventilation, without sacrificing security.

Leaving windows open and unlocked has not been an easy option until now! A Window Warden window guard allows windows to open up to a maximum of 4 inches but prevents them from opening further.  Enjoy fresh air safely, and keep tots safe, as well as adults who need supervision.  Easy for adults to disable to open window wider.

The Wonder Latch works where others don’t.  Because it mounts in the small space

 Child Safety Products for Doors & Windows

Breath easier with window safety

between the outside of the drawer side and the cabinet frame, it doesn’t have the restrictions that other latches have with large countertop overhangs for European designs.

Baby and Pet Proofing Professionals like Bill go through extensive training before they enter your home.  I would make sure the Baby Proofing service that you call on is certified and a member of IAFCS.  A regular contractor may know how to drill and measure but the professional baby proofer understands your needs with regard to your child’s safety.  This ends our series on baby and pet proofing the home.

May Every Step You Take Be Healthy!

Best Regards,
Debbie Greenspan's signature
Debbie Estis Greenspan
Founder/CEO/Mom
Dr. Doormat, Inc.

And They All Fall Down! 3 Child Safety Tips

Anchor It and Protect a Child

More valuable tips from our Baby Proofing specialist, Bill Brooner.

On average, one child dies every 2 weeks when a TV, piece of furniture, or an appliance falls on him, according to reports by the U.S Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) between 2000 and 2010.  In addition, CPSC estimates that more than 22,000 children 8 yrs old and younger were treated in hospital emergency rooms for injuries resulting from tip-over incident between 2000 and 2010.

 And They All Fall Down! 3 Child Safety Tips

Tipping furniture can cause fatal injuries!

The most common tip-over scenario involves toddlers who climbed onto, fallen against, or pulled themselves up on furniture.  About 70% of children fatalities involved falling TVs, and 27% involved only furniture falling.   Often these pieces of furniture have drawers that children can use to time.  To prevent tragedies, we recommend:

  •  Anchor furniture to the wall or the floor
  •  Place TVs on sturdy, low bases, strapped to the base
  •  For Flat Screen TVs, if not mounted on a wall, use either safety straps that help prevent
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    Easily locks on the wall

    the TV from tipping over, or use the Pro Grade Flat Screen TV Lock that secures the TV to the wall and prevents the set from moving forward or backward (but allows pivots left and right for the prefect viewing angle).

  • Keep remote controls, toys and other items tat might be attractive to children off TV stands or furniture.
  • Keep TV and/or cable cords out of reach of children.
 And They All Fall Down! 3 Child Safety Tips

Sliding safety switch plate

Sliding Safety Plate Automatic Outlet Covers are an attractive and convenient way to help protect children from potentially dangerous electrical outlets.   Protects instantly and automatically, sliding into position the moment you remove a plug from the outlet, as the special cover snaps shut to protect little fingers from the outlet.  Thermal seal insulation helps make your home more energy-efficient.

When I met with Bill I realized quickly that it’s far more than selling products.  Bill Brooner’s company offers on-going education and consultation with child safety tips. They work with you during your child-proofing assessment to determine which child proofing products and safety precautions are most important for you. They identify potential dangers and hazards with recommended solutions based on your home and living situation.  Often their education efforts provide simple, do-it-yourself solutions that do not always involve a product or require professional installation.  Look next week for our next post covering window and door safety tips for babies and pets.

May Every Step You Take Be Healthy!

Best Regards,
Debbie Greenspan's signature
Debbie Estis Greenspan
Founder/CEO/Mom
Dr. Doormat, Inc.

Child Proofing Your Home

Every parent of young children asks…
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IS MY HOME SAFE FOR MY BABY?

Children are the most cherished part of our lives, and we do everything we can to ensure they have happy and healthy lives. Unfortunately, more then 2 million children are injured or killed each year by hazards in their homes; everyday, thousands of children are harmed by preventable household accidents.

While infants are learning about their new environments through taste and feel, they quickly acquire motor skills that lead to independent locomotion. Infants develop fast and you need to prepare for their changes.

“I’ll always keep an eye on my child, so it’s not necessary.”

But reality and circumstances dictate that children can and will sustain injuries in the home–sometimes when you are watching it can happen, and you are helpless to stop it because safeguards were not in place. Unintentional child injuries are not inevitable, and are not “accidents”–they are preventable–and professional baby proofing companies can help.

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Bill Brooner – President, Baby Proofing Montgomery

I met with Bill Brooner the owner of Baby Proofing Montgomery, Bethesda, MD.  A professional child proofing company, and full-service in-home safety consultation service provider.  I wanted to learn how they prepare a home for a new baby or pet and get some valuable tips to share with my audience.  Here are some of Bill’s Brooner’s recommendations.

  1. 1. Children and Window Cords Don’t Mix.

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    Cords Can Be Hazardous.

We encourage parents to Be Cord Smart, with information from the Window Covering Safety Council.  For example, install cordless window coverings in children’s bedrooms and play areas; move cribs, beds, furniture and toys away from windows; keep all window pull cords out of reach of children.

Our Cord Wraps (Lucite Cleats) are a simple solution to keep long blind cords out of reach.  Just wrap the cord around the cleat.

2. Cabinet and Drawer Latches

Every home is different, and there are many different designs and styles of cabinets.  In both the kitchen and bathroom vanities, injury or poisoning from household chemicals, drugs and seasonings may occur from ingestion.  Injuring may occur from a child pulling up on door or drawer and falling backward, as well as from handling a heavy pot or pan in a kitchen cabinet, or later pulling that pot off a stove. Lacerations may occur from broken glass objects stored in cabinets or cutting utensils and other

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Automatically locks

kitchen gadgets.  Matches, choking hazards and other dangerous items are also often stored in cabinets/drawers that should be latched.

We carry a variety of latches and lock to best accommodate different situations.  Our most common cabinet and drawer latches include:

  • Magnetic Locks.  Place the magnetic key outside the cabinet door or drawer to release the lock.  Automatically locks when the door or drawer is closed.  Special switch allows the lock to be temporarily disengaged.

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    Spring Loaded Latch

  • Spring-Loaded Drawer and Cabinet Latches  Open slightly, push the button, and pull the drawer or door open.  Catches on the cabinet frame or with install a catch.
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    No more pinched fingers

    Safe-Lok’s design protects children in two ways.  It allows a cabinet drawer or drawer to open only about 1”, then it locks in place to your child’s fingers can’t be pinched by the reclosing door while it remains open for an adult to release.  We also use a special mounting bracket that allows an adult to temporarily disable the locking function for easy access to drawers and cabinets when needed.

    Baby and Pet Proofing Professionals like Bill go through extensive training before they enter your home.  I would make sure the Baby Proofing service that you call on is certified and a member of IAFCS.  A regular contractor may know how to drill and measure but the professional baby proofer understands your needs with regard to your child’s safety.

    Best Regards,
    signature Child Proofing Your Home
    Debbie Estis Greenspan
    Founder/CEO/Mom
    Dr. Doormat, Inc.

May Every Step You Take Be Healthy!

Best Regards,
Debbie Greenspan's signature
Debbie Estis Greenspan
Founder/CEO/Mom
Dr. Doormat, Inc.