Deck Safety – It’s for the Whole Family

how to childproof a deck

Summer and warm weather are finally here, which means it’s time to start using your deck again at last! You’ve prepped it for summer, uncovered the grill, and are ready to spend the summer outside. However, if you have small children (or even animals!) there’s one last thing you need to know: how to child-proof a deck. You want to spend time on your deck with your family, including your little ones, so it’s important to make sure your deck is safe and sound.

Safety First! How to Child-Proof A Deck

Young children are bound to get a few scrapes and bruises here and there when playing outside, but it’s up to you to do what you can to prevent serious injuries. That’s why Harmony Decking is here to help you know how to child-proof a deck:

  1. First, make sure access to your deck is only possibly with your help. Lock the door to your deck at all times. If you have stairs leading to your deck from outside, it may be a good idea to install a child gate so your child doesn’t make their way onto a dangerous staircase.
  2. Next, take a good look at your railings. Are the spindles/bars far enough for your child to fit through? Make sure a curious kid won’t be able to stick their hand through any wide spaces and get stuck! If you’re finding this is a problem, Harmony Decking can help you install a new, safer railing.
  3. Inspect your deck décor. Take a moment to look at your deck-orations. What may seem like a harmless decoration to you may be something that could cause harm to a small child or pet. Check for harmful plants, fountains that present a risk, and your grill placement. Make sure nothing dangerous is in reach of small children.
  4. Finally, make sure you have plenty of shade on your deck. Children and pets are more at risk of overheating than we are. Make sure they have a shady option and provide plenty of water to keep them cool and hydrated.

Child-Proofing Your Deck Can Start at the Foundation

These are just a few last-minute steps you can take to child-proof your deck. However, if you’re looking to build a deck with your child’s safety in mind, Harmony Decking is here to help. Whether it’s a safe foundation, stairs, or railings, Harmony Decking knows the best way to build a deck with your family’s safety as a top priority. For more information on how to child-proof a deck, call Harmony Decking at 215-290-7727 or fill out our online form.

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