Being safe doesn’t need to cost a fortune

9:33 pm

Not another article verbalising about the sheer recklessness of the McCann family. Nope, this one is about kiddy-proofing your home for a lot less than you might think.

There are some things in life that you know are going to cost an arm and a leg – such as anything to do with the ‘W’ word (wedding) and next in line if you follow the traditional route, the ‘B’ word (babies). It’s the latter one I’m concerned with here. How many times have you seen some gadget or other in an irresistible baby catalogue and thought ‘blimey – how much?? How do they sell enough of those at that price to keep trading?’ (or words to that effect) Yet there’s an increasing proliferation of things you never thought you needed but can’t possibly live without. It’s the guilt thing.

Well, I have a handy tip for even the tightest budget to help childproof your home. Rather than spending £20+ on tailor made hearth edging, take a trip down to the local DIY store and buy some foam pipe lagging. Then cut a wedge out down the length so that the remainder fits against the edge of the hearth and mitre the corners. A smidgeon of double-sided tape helps it stick in place – all for a fraction of the cost.

The same pipe lagging is also a handy double for door closer safety guards. By that, I mean if you live in a house that has door closers fitted for fire safety (often new 3 storey houses have these as standard), you’ve probably already had a few close scrapes where your little one has tried to stick a finger or two between the door frame and the edge of the door nearest the hinges. It’s the same kind of solution – simply buy lagging a bit bigger, cut out the same wedge, and stick the lagging to the door and the door frame so fingers can no longer find their way into crevices and cracks.

 Job’s a good ‘un!

One Response
  1. Simon :

    Date: August 14, 2009 @ 2:51 pm

    I sell pipe lagging for a living, and I seem to come across new uses for it all the time (I like yours by the way, very sensible). Just as a quick salesman’s type comment that might be helpful, you can get grey foam that is cheap but can tear and rip more easily, and you can get black rubber foam that is more spongy.

    My favourite use that I have heard is still as neck braces for parrots though, strange but true!

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