Babyproofing And Safety: Where And How To Install Edge And Corner Guards

Make your home a safe place for kids by installing edge and corner guards. This guide shows you exactly where and how to install them.

Before you had any kids, you probably considered your home to be a pretty safe place, but add a kid or two to the equation, and suddenly even the safest of homes becomes a danger zone. If this sounds familiar, it's time to put your mind at ease by installing a few baby proofing devices around the house, and edge and corner guards are a great place to start. Read on to learn how you can put edge and corner guards to work in your house.

First, you may wonder what edge and corner guards can do to increase the level of safety in your home, and the answer is simple really. Since furniture often possesses a lot of sharp corners and edges, children are constantly in contact with objects that could potentially cause them harm. Chances are you never thought about how dangerous your coffee table was, until you saw your baby collide with the edge of its glass top or run into one of its sharp corners.

Fortunately, edge and corner guards provide any easy way to correct this dangerous problem. If you've got a piece of furniture with sharp corners, just purchase a package of corner guards, and slide a guard over each corner. (Corner guards come in a variety of colors including clear; and are available with and without adhesive, depending on your preference.)

Similarly, if you've got a piece of furniture with a sharp edge, you can purchase an edge guard to cover the offensive area. Most edge guards are sold by the roll, and come in a variety of colors. To install the guard, just cut it to the appropriate length, and apply it to the furniture using the adhesive backing. Note: Generally, the adhesive backing is designed to hold the guard in place without causing damage to the furniture. Be sure to consult the package before installing anything.

There are several companies that sell edge and corner guards, so shop around to find the guards that work best for your family's needs.

If you need help identifying the areas in your home where edge and corner guards should be installed, refer to the following list:

Living room- entertainment center, T.V. stand, low shelving, coffee table, end tables, window sills, console table, T.V., speakers, fireplace

Dining room- dining room table, buffet, china hutch, tea cart, window sills

Kitchen- table, center work island, protruding cabinets and countertops, microwave cart, wine rack, low shelving, stove, window sills

Bathroom- vanity, low shelving, window sills

Office- desk, printer stand, low shelving, file cabinet, window sills

Bedroom- head board and foot board, dressers, night stand, low shelving, storage trunks or chests, toy boxes, vanity or dressing table, window sills, armoire, T.V. stand, cubbies

Hall- hall tree, storage trunks, benches, cubbies, low shelving, window sills

Outdoors- brick or stone retaining walls, built-in fireplace, patio table, sharp corners on play equipment, sand box, play house, pump house

Bear in mind, this list is only an aide to help you locate potential trouble spots in your home. For a more thorough list, you'll need to conduct a survey of your home.

Take the time to install edge and corner guards in your home, and you and your children will be able to breathe a little easier.

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