As a parent, there is nothing more fulfilling than watching your children grow. But even a safe environment can become dangerous as children begin to toddle and walk around curiously discovering their surroundings.
It is therefore very important to ensure that the environment in the home is child-safe, in addition to protecting sockets or plastic covers with sharp edges of furniture, and also paying attention to “surfaces” that pose a risk of falling, such as stairs and balconies. This article will explore the various types of railings available, the various considerations to keep in mind when selecting a railing, and tips on how to properly install railings for families with young children.
Reasons why children are particularly prone to accidents
1. Late development of risk awareness (from 4 years old).
2. Children are naturally curious and want to explore the world around them.
3. Children are almost always on the move due to an above-average urge to move.
4. Children’s physical development and functional incomplete development, such as vision, hearing, muscle strength are relatively weak, and the reaction speed is slower than that of adults.
Types of Railings for Families with Young Children
When it comes to railings for families with young children, there are a variety of options available. The most common types of railings are wood, metal, and vinyl. Each type of railing has its own set of advantages and disadvantages, and it is important for parents to consider which type best suits their needs.
Wood railings are the most traditional type of railing and are often used in homes with traditional décor. Wood railings are sturdy and durable, and they can be easily customized with a variety of colors and styles. However, wood railings require regular maintenance and can be susceptible to rot and decay if not properly treated and maintained.
Metal railings are becoming increasingly popular for families with young children. They are durable and can be customized to match any home décor. Metal railings are also easy to install and require minimal maintenance. However, metal railings can be expensive and can be difficult to customize.
Vinyl railings are a popular choice for families with young children. Vinyl railings are durable and low-maintenance and come in a variety of colors and styles. Vinyl railings are also relatively inexpensive and can be easily customized. However, vinyl railings are not as durable as wood or metal railings and can be easily damaged.
Considerations When Selecting a Railing for Families with Young Children
It is important for parents to assess their needs and the needs of their children when choosing a railing. The following are some important factors to consider when selecting a railing for families with young children:
Safety: Safety is the most important factor to consider when selecting a railing for families with young children. It is important to select a railing that is sturdy and secure, and that meets all safety standards and regulations.
Durability: It is important to select a railing that is durable and capable of standing up to the rigors of everyday use. Metal and wood railings are generally more durable than vinyl railings, but all types of railings should be checked for strength and stability before installation.
Cost: Cost is another factor to consider when selecting a railing for families with young children. Metal and wood railings are generally more expensive than vinyl railings, but they are also generally more durable.
Maintenance: It is important to select a railing that is easy to maintain and that does not require a lot of upkeep. Metal and wood railings require regular maintenance, while vinyl railings are relatively low-maintenance.
Style: Style is another important factor to consider when selecting a railing for families with young children. It is important to select a railing that fits in with the overall style and décor of the home.
Tips for Installing Railings for Families with Young Children
Once parents have selected the best type of railing for their home, it is important to properly install the railing to ensure maximum safety and security.
1. Motivation to prevent climbing or overturning
In railings that are expected to be left unattended, the height of the railing must be such that it is difficult for children to climb or climb over.For example, a horizontal bar on the railing can promote the ladder effect, thereby providing the motivation to climb. On the other hand, vertical railings on railings are harder to climb and therefore safer. The same applies to the supplied glass panel, which should be mounted to a height of 70 cm (the height of 70 cm is fixed as small children usually cannot climb higher than this).
2.Use Safety Locks
It is important to use safety locks when installing a railing for families with young children. Safety locks help ensure that children are not able to access the railing.
3.Use Non-Toxic Materials
It is important to use non-toxic materials when installing a railing for families with young children. Non-toxic materials are safe for children and are not harmful if they come in contact with skin.
4.Observe the prescribed distance between railing members
Reference may be made to the General Safety Standard of 1914, “Standard Railing” constructed as: “Top railing not less than 2×4 inches; center railing not less than 1×4 inches, constructed of straight-grained wood, ground on four (4) sides, supported on 4 by 4 inch posts, ground on four (4) sides, spaced not more than eight (8) feet on center; or construction of equivalent strength.” These railings shall be at least 3.5 feet in height. Based on a 4×4 railing 8′ on center and 3.5′ in height, standard railing deflection is 0.38″ (h/111) at the design point load of 200 lbs to support the top of the posts. Standard railings have a deflection of 0.75 inches (h/56) when considering a design load of 50 pounds per linear foot.
Please note that the requirements for the installation of railings in nurseries are specified separately in the nursery’s “Accident Prevention Regulations”!
By following the tips outlined in this article, parents can ensure that their railing is properly installed and that their children are safe.