Making sure that your newborn is safe in your Dayton home involves going around and doing some babyproofing. As you check each room of your home for potential hazards, don’t forget about your HVAC equipment. These HVAC system babyproofing tips can help lower the risk of injuries.
Install Register Screens
Babies can end up sticking small toys through the slats in vents and registers. To reduce the risk of having these toys fall into your ductwork, create a trap made out of vinyl window screening. All you have to do is cut a piece of this screening, and place it under the register or vent cover to catch any objects that fall in.
Hide HVAC Remotes
HVAC remotes contain batteries that are dangerous for kids. These batteries can lead to internal burns if kids end up ingesting them. You can prevent this from happening by placing HVAC remotes in areas that your child can’t get to, such as up on a high shelf. Hiding these remotes also prevents kids from playing with them and messing up your HVAC system’s settings.
Put a Fence Around Outdoor Units
When your child is playing outside, it’s important to make sure that there’s no access to your outdoor HVAC unit. This unit has several hazards, including metal pieces and moving blades, as well as wiring. Even if you have bushes around this outdoor unit, your child can go between them and get to it. Instead, install a fence around your outdoor HVAC unit to prevent your child from being able to reach it.
Babyproof Registers and Vents
The edges of metal registers and vents can be pulled up, which puts your child at risk of getting cuts. Go around your home, and tighten the screws in these vents and registers to make sure they stay in place. Another option is to get rid of metal vents and registers and replace them all with plastic ones, which do not have sharp edges.
If you need help with HVAC system babyproofing at your Dayton home, please contact Detmer and Sons.