Hallway Safety


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Hallway Safety
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Hallways are kind of like the main artery of the building aren’t they, they do have to deal with lots of “through traffic” and are often used as kind of dumping grounds for everything from school bags to shoes to roller blades. Not a good idea! Hallways really do need to be kept clear of any potential obstructions, and furniture like tables and chairs should not be placed anywhere near to railings in hallways, anything which is handy for children to climb on needs to be kept well away from the railings, and anything which children can easily move to climb on (oh yes, resourceful little devils aren’t they?) should be kept out of hallways too.

Stairs and Railings are fraught with danger, particularly if they are more than 4 inches apart (the spindles, not the stairs). 4 inches is the recommended distance so that children can’t get stuck or have accidents. Measure the spindles on your stairs – all of them – sometimes the spacing at the bottom of the staircase is different to the spacing at the top.  If they don’t measure up to the job then you really ought to install some sort of barrier or netting to make it safe – shop around, there’s lot to choose from. The minimum recommended height is 36 inches, so check that too.

Stairs are one of the most exciting and dangerous places in the home, especially for toddlers. As soon as they start to move around independently you’ll be surprised at how quickly they develop – one minute they manage to move a couple of inches across their playpen, the next they’re halfway up the stairs before you’ve had the chance to open your eyes in the morning. For this reason it’s very important that you restrict access to the stairs, at the bottom and also at the top. They do move around upstairs as well you know, even if you only take your eyes off them for a second.

  • Make sure that the gate is fitted properly and sturdily.
  • Accordion gates can cause more trouble than they help to save – potential traps for small fingers and actually providing a child with a foothold to climb over.
  • Gates should be mounted at the top and bottom of the stairs, I mean right at the bottom, not 2 or 3 steps up, a child can get injured by falling just one or two steps you know.
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