Kid-Proofing the Balcony
Before you let your kids out on the balcony, it is essential to ensure that it is safe. Kids can be curious and may do things that might put them at danger. Here are a few things to keep in mind while setting up a kid-friendly balcony space:
Make Sure Your Railings Are Well Fortified and High Enough
Kids tend to run towards the railings to look outside. Make sure that your railing is strong enough and well fixed. The other thing to keep in mind is the height of the railing. Make sure every side of your balcony railing is high enough so your child cannot climb on it. If your balcony has low horizontal ladder-like bars, you may want to cover it up as kids could use that to climb up.
Cover up Any Gap More Than 4 Inches
If your railing has a gap of more than 4 inches, you may want to cover them up. Children can stick their hands or head outside the fence and might get stuck. Plexiglas or a balcony shield is useful to cover up these gaps.
Make Sure No Sharp Objects or Tools Are Lying About
To create a kid-friendly balcony space, take note of all the things that you keep outside. If there are any sharp objects or tools or maybe chemicals or fertilisers that you store outdoors, make sure you lock them up. Young children can be curious, and you do not want to have dangerous and harmful things lying about.
Keep the Furniture Away From the Railings
Make sure all your outdoor furniture is away from the edges. Kids can use the furniture to climb up and get on the railing.
Now that you have kid-proofed your balcony, here are some fun ways of using your outdoor space to keep your little ones occupied.