Childproofing a Deck
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Childproofing a Deck
Our child is just starting to walk and we have a deck off our house with a
dangerous drop off. It is a wooden deck with only one cross railing and
we would like to put up something that looks nice and is, or course, very
safe. Any suggestions?
I've heard of folks bolting plexiglass to the inside of their deck railings
as it is difficult to climb and maintains the view. I recommend talking to
Tap Plastic on San Pablo Avenue in El Cerrito (in the mini-mall near
Albertsons or Safeway?). If you measure your deck railing dimensions, they
could tell you how much it would cost for a variety of thicknesses. They
could also tell you about the durability of their products if exposed to
the weather and sunlight.
I went to them to get plexiglass covers custom cut for some nice wooden
tables inside. They were very helpful and prompt.
Does anyone have any suggestions or know of any products availabe for childproofing a
deck so that a child cannot climb up and fall over the railing?
Our deck has horizontal aluminum rungs (spaced maybe 6 inches apart) running
from the floor up to a wood railing. Since the rungs proved to be an
attractive nuisance for our toddler (and seemed pretty easy to climb), we
had sheets of plexiglass (you need to make sure it is appropriate for
outdoor use) cut to cover the railings from the floor to the wooden rail.
They were then affixed to the railings on our deck with little plastic ties
(so they stay until you want to remove them, and then you can just cut the
ties). I believe that the Perfectly Safe catalog also provides rolls of
plastic that can be used to cover railings, but I do not know if they are
suitable for outdoor use. We did not do the work ourselves, but had it done
by a wonderful childproofer. Her name is Rachel Murray, her firm is called
Safe'n'Sound Children, Inc. and her phone no. is 510-338-0222. She may have
other ideas for you as well (the plexiglass was pretty expensive I recall).
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