Reinstall Baby Safety Gates

Our childproofing clients move to new houses from time to time for various reasons.  As their family grows maybe they need a bigger house.  Perhaps one of the parents needs to relocate to be closer to their place of employment.  We are often asked, “Will you reinstall baby safety gates?”.

Will Infant House Reinstall Baby Safety Gates in My New House?

The answer is “YES” we will.  Here are a couple of pictures of gates we recently reinstalled for one of our baby proofing clients in the Dallas area:

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This baby safety gates looks brand new as we reinstall baby safety gates.

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As we reinstall baby safety gates we often times use new components such as the post clamps shown here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Process to Reinstall Baby Safety Gates

Simply contact us when you have a closing date and we will work with you to have the existing gates removed and reinstalled in a timely manner and coordinated with your move out/move in dates.  We suggest reinstalling prior to move in day to help keep your children from harm and as you know; the gates are removable so that they are not in the way of the movers.

In-Home Consultation for your New House

The best place for you to start with baby proofing your new house is with our in-home consultation. We will go room by room with you with an 8 page checklist. The consultation is a two-way conversation where we will make recommendations, give you some options, show you some samples and then you can make an informed decision for your family’s safety.

We will give you a quote for baby proofing your house. Please take your time making the final decision on baby proofing your house so you are not making a “rushed decision”. Then we will return at a time that is convenient for you to professionally install the items you have selected.

We only use the best products and with our professional installation of baby safety gates, cabinet locks, furniture restraints, electrical solutions and much more, you know it will be done right. We usually take care of baby proofing your house in one day.

Childproofing Furniture

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Infant House recommends childproofing furniture  before children are mobile.

Childproofing Furniture

Childproofing furniture includes several steps.  One of the steps must be to prevent the furniture from tipping over.  Also, we must keep heavy items from falling on our children.  Year after year, many children do not survive tip-over related injuries and even more are treated in emergency departments.

How does This Happen

Children like to climb on furniture.  Seems like for them, the home is a playground.  Tip-over related injuries involve heavy objects falling on an individual as a result of some kind of interaction with it.  For example, climbing or pulling on an item while it is in a position of normal use.  This interaction with the item results in the center of gravity of the item changing.  When the item falls on an individual, the injuries are typically crushing or compressing in nature.

Just the Facts

anchorit-icon181 percent of tip-over fatalities occur in the home.

anchorit-icon22/3 of TV and furniture tip-over fatalities involve toddlers.
anchorit-icon342 percent of tip-over fatalities occur in a bedroom.
anchorit-icon4A TV can fall with the force of thousands of pounds. That is 10 times more powerful than being hit by a NFL lineman.
anchorit-icon5Every 15 minutes someone in the U.S. is injured by furniture tip-over.
anchorit-icon6On average, one child dies every two weeks when a TV or furniture falls onto him or her.
anchorit-icon7The majority of tip-over incidents result in head injuries.
anchorit-icon8An estimated annual average of 38,000 emergency department-treated injuries are associated with TV or furniture tip-overs.

*Breaking News*

Childproofing furniture is an important step in preventing childhood injuries in the home.  Infant House was just named by the Anchor It! division of the Consumer Product Safety Commission as the newest community leader.  Further more, we are honored to have this designation.

Childproofing Recommendation

Infant House recommends tethering all furniture 3 or more drawers tall, changing tables, all book cases, armoires, grandfather clocks and other unstable furniture to the wall.  All TVs must be secured as well.  In addition, heavy items on top of furniture, such as a potted plant or sculpture must be secured or removed.  Infant House makes these recommendations for all homes with children up through 7 years of age.

What Product Do I Use?

There are many child proofing products on the market for restraining furniture.  Use caution, many of the products are not very good and do not meet our standards.  Infant House uses professional grade straps for child proofing furniture.  You can choose either black or white straps and installation takes about 20 minutes for each piece.

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Child proofing the furniture in your home will help prevent:

  1.  Injury to your child.
  2.  Damage to furniture and your TV
  3. Damage to the contents of  your furniture

About the Author:

Jack Smith is a child proofing expert with Infant House, a child safety company serving the Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth and San Antonio Texas areas. He is the Daddy of boy/girl twins.  Affiliated with the International Association for Child Safety.  Contributing author of “Chaos 2 Calm the moms-of-multiples’ guide to an organized family”.  Seen on CBS and inventor of the GlideLok – a childproof door latch sold worldwide. Contact:InfantHouse.com or call 866-Infant5 (866-463-2685) for your in-home child proofing evaluation.  Sources:  cpsc, www.anchorit.gov 01/17

 

 

 

 

 

 

Baby Proofing Your House and a Fire Escape Plan

Baby proofing your house will bring you peace of mind.  Babies learn very quickly in their first year. For parents, it is a welcome surprise to see how soon they begin exploring their world. Before this happens, you will want to baby proof your house to insure your child’s safety and allow yourself to relax.

Baby Proofing Consultation

The best place for you to start with baby proofing your house is with an in-home consultation with a childproofing expert.  One of the often overlooked items we encounter is a fire escape plan.  My company, Infant House, recommends that every family devise a plan.  When we bring up the topic with parents of multi-story homes, most say that their plan is to go down the stairs and out the front door.  That seems like a solid plan “A”.  What about plan “B”?

Waking up to an Inferno

We describe the situation like this:  You are just awakened in the middle of the night by blaring smoke alarms.  In addition, the light switches may not work if you have an electrical fire. The smoke is burning your eyes even worse than the last camp fire you attended as a result you can not see.  On top of this, your lungs hurt like your previous attempt at running the mile in under 5 minutes and you are coughing uncontrollably.

 By the time you pick up your sleeping children, you know you cannot make it down the stairs especially if there are flames present.  So, right now your plan “B” is what?  And our client says something like, “I guess a window…?” as their speech trails off to a whisper.  Now they realize that jumping from an upstairs window that is at least 13′ high, with their children, is not a very good plan.  However, jumping is better than the alternatives.

Fire Escape Plan

Infant House recommends a fire escape ladder for every occupied bedroom upstairs.  Regardless of the age of the occupant.  Furthermore, the bedroom needs an operable window that will accommodate the use of a “rope type” ladder.  The ladder needs to hang straight down the side of the house.  Finally, there needs to be a clear landing for the escapee.  This ladder is highly rated and available from Infant House.

Ask your Neighbors for Help Now

Now to enhance plan “B”, we ask our clients to share the new plan with their neighbors.  In the event of a fire, the neighbors can help out or at least tell the first responders about plan “A” and “B”.  At last, we have a solid plan “B”.  One that does not involve jumping from an upstairs window.

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At this point of the consultation for baby proofing your house, we suggest that your family walk through the fire escape plans.  We recommend a “fire drill” at least twice a year.  A good time to remember is  when you change out your smoke alarm batteries.  Hopefully, in the event of an evacuation your family will calmly execute one of the plans and everyone will be safe.

About the Author

Jack Smith is a child safety expert with Infant House. Infant House is a child safety company serving the Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth as well as the San Antonio Texas areas. He is the Daddy of boy/girl twins.  Affiliated with the International Association for Child Safety.  Contributing author of “Chaos 2 Calm the moms-of-multiples’ guide to an organized family”.  He has been on CBS and is the inventor of the GlideLok – a childproof door latch sold worldwide. Contact: InfantHouse.com or call 866-Infant5 (866-463-2685) for your in-home childproofing evaluation. 10/16

 

 

Child Safety and a Hidden Choking Hazard

Without the assistance of a child safety company, identifying all the hazards in your house is a huge challenge for parents of babies and toddlers. Recognizing potential choking hazards and baby proofing them can be a daunting task.

As a new parent of twins and sometimes still in “twin shock”, I was somewhat fearful of my kids choking.  I continue to be CPR trained over the years, however:

– Could I clear the obstructed airway?

– If I was successful, would they be able to breathe on their own?

– If not, could I successfully complete CPR to revive them?

– What if both kids choked at the same time, which one would I tend to first?

True Story of Child Safety:

Before I started our child safety company, Infant House, I was busy in the kitchen making supper one evening.  My 9 month old children were exploring what I thought was a choking hazard-free home just like they were Lewis and Clark. I heard one of them discover something new.  I recognized the vibrating sound that flicking a spring door stop makes.

My child was over the 5 minute mark so, I had a brilliant idea, “What if I could make a wooden box and attach spring door stops to it on all sides? Wouldn’t that be a great toy?”

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As I was mulling the design idea around in my noggin, I noticed the twang of the aforementioned flicked door stop cease.

Like any diligent parent, when I don’t hear my babies playing, I go check on the “Great Explorers”.  I discovered that my little explorer had pulled the plastic cap off of the door stop.  Yes, the hidden choking hazard.  Now, what does every 9 month old do with something small that they pick up? Right, they put everything in their mouths. My big-eyed child had popped that door stop cap right in their mouth. Very calmly, I kneeled down, held out my hand and asked for the object. They handed the slobbery door stop cap to me.  I explained to them to not put anything in their mouth that Daddy or Mommy does not give them.

Wow, what a scary idea that such a common household item such as a door stop could be a lethal choking hazard. Nobody told me about door stop caps and I certainly did not read about them as a potential choking hazard in any parent magazine. I felt so ignorant and what else have I missed when baby proofing my home?

Every parent should call a professional baby proofing company to evaluate their home for child safety. Look for one that will take the time to walk room by room with you and to explain the hazards and solutions for your unique situation. Then you can make an informed decision addressing the hazards in your home and have safety for baby and peace of mind for you.

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About the Author:

Jack Smith is a child safety expert with Infant House, a child safety company serving the Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth and San Antonio Texas areas. He is the Daddy of boy/girl twins.  Affiliated with the International Association for Child Safety.  Contributing author of “Chaos 2 Calm the moms-of-multiples’ guide to an organized family”.  Seen on CBS and inventor of the GlideLok – a childproof door latch sold worldwide. Contact: InfantHouse.com or call 866-Infant5 (866-463-2685) for your in-home childproofing evaluation. 09/16

 

 

 

 

What is Behind that Door?

 

Our number one responsibility as parents is to protect our children. No parent wants their toddler to suffer the consequences of opening a door and going outside unattended or into a dangerous area.

At about 18 months, children can turn a door knob, they might need both hands, but they can do it. Lever door handles are the easiest to open. The family cat and dog can open these; you don’t even need a thumb, just push down the lever.

Some of the areas of your home should be “off limits” to your toddler. For example: The home office is full of hazards; paper clips and thumb tacks are choking hazards. Paper shredders will shred more than just paper and small fingers will fit into the slot. The garage is unsafe the moment a car pulls in and can never be assumed that it is childproofed. The heat underneath a car can reach over 1000 degrees and many garages contain anti-freeze, paints and lawn chemicals that are poisonous.

Door latches can make your job as a parent easier and safer for you family. Financially, it may be less expensive to simply latch the door versus baby proofing the whole room. There are numerous options and a professional baby proofer can advise you for the best latch for your particular situation whether it is a door to the street or the door to a storage room.

When you plan ahead and secure some doors, you will greatly reduce the risk of injury to your toddler and achieve your goal of protecting your child.

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About the Author:

Jack Smith is a child safety expert with Infant House, a baby proofing company serving the Dallas/Fort Worth and Austin Texas area. He is the Daddy of boy/girl twins, affiliated with the International Association for Child Safety, contributing author of “Chaos 2 Calm the moms-of-multiples’ guide to an organized family”, seen on CBS and inventor of the GlideLok – a childproof door latch sold worldwide. Contact: InfantHouse.com or call 866-Infant5 (866-463-2685) for your in-home childproofing evaluation. 08/16

 

 

Baby’s First Swimming Pool?

 

Babies want to explore the whole world and it our job, as parents, to keep them from unintentional injuries by baby proofing our homes.  One of the often overlooked hazards in the home is the baby’s first swimming pool, you guessed it, the toilet. To a baby this is a very entertaining device.

Baby may think to themselves:
“It must have cool refreshing water, I have seen a dog drink from it, maybe I should try.”
“I have seen it flush and the water disappear, what else can it make disappear, maybe a towel or shiny jewelry?”

Let’s face it, your toilet is a baby magnet and babies are drawn to the sound of the whooshing water at the start of the flush, the characteristic gurgle in the middle and then the slow hiss of the refill process.

Infant House recommends all toilets be childproofed to prevent the following unintentional injuries:

Drowning:
  • Your baby’s head is huge compared to the rest of their body, most cannot lace their fingers together over their heads. When they go into the toilet head first, they cannot push themselves back out!
Bacterial Poisoning:
  • Your baby risks bacterial illness when their hands come into contact with toilet water.
Chemical Poisoning:
  • Ingesting toilet water that has a strong cleaner in it could make your baby sick or worse.

Need more reasons to baby proof your toilet?
By locking your toilet you prevent the flushing of valuables, prevent the flushing of bulky items and the plumbing bills that follow. Financially, you cannot get a plumber to your home for less than the cost of a toilet lock.

When you use a toilet lock, you will have safety for baby and peace of mind for you.

 

About the Author: Jack Smith is a child safety expert with Infant House, a baby proofing company serving the Dallas/Fort Worth and Austin Texas areas. He is the Daddy of boy/girl twins, affiliated with the International Association for Child Safety, contributing author of “Chaos 2 Calm the moms-of-multiples’ guide to an organized family” and inventor of the GlideLok – a childproof door latch sold worldwide. Contact: InfantHouse.com or call 866-Infant5 (866-463-2685) for your in-home evaluation. July 2016

Electrical Safety

 

Sadly, approximately 2,400 children receive emergency room treatment every year for electrical shock or burns caused by tampering with a wall outlet. We can do a better job of baby proofing the house!

About fifty percent of the homes that Infant House evaluates for childproofing have already installed the outlet caps. The parents believe they are safe because they are sold in many stores. Here are a few of the safety concerns with the outlet caps:

•The caps are just the right size for the baby to put in their mouth and the two prongs make sure the cap will get stuck in the baby’s throat.
•Babies learn very quickly how to remove the caps by watching their parents.
•Almost every home or business we visit that has the caps, at least one is missing and the outlet is not protected.
•When something is plugged in, a child can easily pull the cord, unplug the item and now they have a dangerous unprotected outlet.

The National Electrical Code requires new homes to install TRRs (Tamper Resistant Receptacles). These are better than the outlet caps, however, there is a better solution for baby proofing and why not do all you can to protect your children.

Childproofing is about layers of protection. Self-closing outlet covers provide an additional layer to a recognized hazard. Infant House recommends using the Slide outlet covers. These safety covers have a spring loaded panel that snaps shut when a device is unplugged and they are almost impossible for babies to operate and yet easy for adults. The Slide outlet covers are available by request at babyproofing@infanthouse.com.

The outlet covers come in colors of white, ivory, and brown. They are available with two screws or one screw and we stock the covers for the older two-pronged outlets.

Nothing is more effective at preventing an injury to your child than to have an in-home childproofing consultation with Infant House.

We work with parents who want to protect their children from injuries in the home and around the swimming pool.

About the Author: Jack Smith is a child safety expert with Infant House, a baby proofing company serving the Dallas/Fort Worth and Austin Texas area. He is the Daddy of boy/girl twins, affiliated with the International Association for Child Safety, contributing author of “Chaos 2 Calm the moms-of-multiples’ guide to an organized family”, seen on CBS and inventor of the GlideLok – a childproof door latch sold worldwide. Contact: InfantHouse.com or call 866-Infant5 (866-463-2685) for your in-home childproofing evaluation.

04/14 DEA & Poison Control Centers. 05/14 Sources: ESFi, IAFCS and National Safety Council. June 2016