Balcony safety – how to prevent falls

Posted by: Judit

2017-05-30

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You are moving to an apartment on the 7th floor. It has a nice balcony off the living room. The balcony is great for relaxing on and enjoying the view. But you havean adventurous 13 month kid who loves to climb. The balcony itself looks pretty safe, it's high enough with vertical bars but sometimes there are hazards that can make it a dangerous place for your children. You know what you can do for your kid’s safety: you do not leave any furniture or other items out and not let him unsupervised.

Injuries from falls are not necessarily associated with great heights. 40 per cent of fatal falls of children younger than 15 were from a height of less than three feet, so it’s crucial for parents to avoid the following common mistakes.

Having wide gaps in balcony railings: babies can fall through these gaps easily

Being unaware that horizontal rails are easier for children to climb up than vertical rails.

Leaving windows open throughout the house can be a common hazard, especially in older buildings that may have large windows.

Children can fall out of windows if they can climb on furniture or pot plants to reach the open window.

 

Follow these tips to help keep you and your children safe:

  • Never leave children unsupervised on balconies.
  • Height and designs of balconies may vary from country to country, so don’t presume they are child (or even adult) friendly.
  • If you build your own house: Keep railings thin and almost impossible to sit on. This will keep the romantics from attempting to sit on that ledge.
  • Keep all balcony furniture away from the balcony wall or railings so that children are not encouraged to climb up them.
  • Try to get in the habit of keeping patio furniture away from the railings. You don’t want to give your child a chance to climb up and go over the edge.
  • Be mindful of any gaps within the balcony structure. It may be possible for children to use these as a climbing frame or potentially slip through the gaps.
  • Be aware that glass in balcony doors can be difficult to see in bright sunlight and at night – and very few hotels have “toughened” or safety glass in their windows, doors and panes.
  • Before closing the door whilst on the balcony – check that there’s a handle on the outside, so you can get back in.
  • Supplement your windows with additional locks. Place the locks at the uppermost part of the windows where children can’t reach for them.

 

But just in case the impossible happens and he sneaks past you, you want to put up a safety net so he can’t fall down.

The  protective netting system provides a great solution to childproof your home. It helps protect your child (also adults) from falling out from window, balcony, terrace or staircase. The safety net for children unites quality and reliability with innovative technology and materials. It is safe, reliable, well designed and nice looking.

The system consists of anchor strips and a highly resistant and durable nylon net.

The net is suitable for both indoor and outdoor use – anywhere your loved ones need protection from open spaces more than two meters above ground. It is unobtrusive and easily blends into the interior and exterior without blocking light or air flow. The net does not require maintenance.

The threading of the nets allows the net to stay functional even if one thread of the net is cut. The net will not continue to tear. Both the nets and the fixings have been treated to resist sun damage. Also, there are no sharp edges that could harm your child.

In most cases the net can be easily installed with the use of basic tools: a drill, screwdriver, measuring tape, pencil, and scissors.

 

If you’re at a hotel or visiting someone else’s house, you won’t have the opportunity to close gaps between spindles or add latches to doors. If there’s a child-sized gap between the spindles, the best thing you can do is keep your child off the balcony or deck completely, even if he has supervision. Curious kids can be extremely fast, and a child needs just a second to slip away.

 

 

 

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