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One of the most common reasons homeowners give for remodeling is an addition to the family. Once a baby enters the picture, parents see their home in a whole new light and they see all the ways it may not be safe for a child. Every year millions of children will be hurt as the result of a home accident. While this isn’t 100% preventable, there are many things parents can do to minimize the risks. If you have-or will soon have-a young child in your home, it may be time for some baby-proofing remodeling projects.
Check the consumer product safety commission website
Thousands of products are recalled in the US each year for one reason or another. You may be surprised to learn that a number of items in your home have been recalled due to safety concerns without your knowledge. Especially watch out for furniture or items that you may have purchased specifically for your baby. You can sign up to receive notifications by phone, email, or text so that you don’t have to keep checking back on the website. If a product you own is recalled, you’ll be notified. Of course after checking the website, you’ll need to purchase new items to replace things that have been recalled.
Think like a baby
This tip might make you feel silly but it can be very helpful. In each room of your home, get down on your hands and knees to try and see the space as your child will see it. Pay especially close attention to things that are at your eye level. You’re looking for sharp corners, things that are slippery or tripping hazards, and anything else that might be dangerous for your child and in-reach. If you don’t want to purchase new furniture with rounded edges, you can invest in some bumpers to cover those sharp edges until your child is older.
Many paints, wood stains, and varnishes contain volatile organic compounds (VOCs). These are microscopic particles which, according to the EPA, can cause a number of short and long term health effects including headaches, dizziness, throat irritation, and liver or kidney damage. Adults aren’t likely to be affected by VOCs but an infant or young child is much more susceptible. Look for products that contain very low levels of VOCs or none at all.
Lock up everything
This is usually the first thing that every parent things of when they think of baby-proofing but it’s worth mentioning. Stairs should be blocked off by safety gates. All cupboards and drawers within the child’s reach must have child-safety latches. There are many different varieties of child-proof locking mechanisms so you should be able to find something that works for every door, cupboard, and drawer in your home.
Some other considerations are electrical outlet covers, cable management solutions to hide electrical cords, and choking hazards. Anything that’s loose and tiny enough to fit in your child’s mouth will end up in your child’s mouth so you have to be vigilant and cleaning and keeping every hazard out of reach.
Baseboard heaters have many advantages over other heating systems but a major drawback is they’re at floor level and very accessible for babies and toddlers. To keep fingers and toys away from the heating element, you can install snap-on baseboard radiator covers. This will prevent your child being burned and will reduce the risk of a fire in your home.
Measure the height from the floor to the top of the metal wall plate.
Follow our guide for baseboard heater cover measurement:
Any baseboard larger than 7 3/8" (188 mm) will be compatible with our standard cover.
Any measurement greater than 9 3/8" (238 mm) will fit our tall cover.
Measure from the bottom of the finned tube heating element to the top of the metal wall plate,
A measurement of 5 1/2" to 6 3/4" (140 mm – 172 mm) will fit our standard cover.
A measurement of 7 1/2" to 8 3/4" (191 mm – 222 mm) will fit our tall cover.
Measure the distance from the wall or the metal wall plate attached to the wall, to the outside of the finned tube heating element.
Any measurement of less than 3 1/8" (76 mm) inches from the wall will fit our
Any measurement of less than 3 1/8" (76 mm) inches from the wall will fit our tall cover.
EZ Snap™ Wall Widgets are used when your old or existing wall back plate has been removed or if you have to hang your new cover 1 inch or higher to bring them up to a height that will fit our installation guidelines. Just measure your overall desired height, subtract 1", drill a hole, preferably in a stud and attach it to the wall with the included screw.
EZ Snap™ Floor Fidgets easily raise your new covers ¾ inch to compensate for any ¾ inch floor (wood, tile, or other) that has been installed any time since your baseboard heater was originally installed. May be used for any reason when the overall height has been shortened and the total height is less than 7-½ inches for standard height or 9-½ inches for the TALL height EZ Snap™ BaseBoard Covers. Just use the self-tapping screws to secure them to the top of your existing wallplate.
EZ Snap™ Wall Contraptions are used when your wall back plate has been completely removed. EZ Snap™ Wall Contraptions receives your EZ Snap™ BaseBoard Cover and keeps your aluminum fin tube from sagging. These completely replace your wall back plate. To install, slide up from the bottom and make sure the top is at your desired height. Screw to the wall, then bend the front finger up to hold the fin tube in place.
Measure from wall to wall and subtract ½ inch (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.) The endcaps can be pulled or slid ½ inch outward on either end to fit your existing length requirements. Choose 2 flush to wall end caps.
Measure the overall length of the existing unit with ends attached then subtract ½ inch (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.) The endcaps can be pulled or slid ½ inch outward on either end to fit your existing length requirements. Choose 2 Closed or Open-end caps.
Measure from the corner to the end of the unit with ends attached then subtract ½ inch (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.) The endcaps can be pulled or slid ½ inch outward on either end to fit your existing length requirements. Choose 1 Closed or Open-end & 1 flush to wall end cap.
Measure the left side from corner A to corner B (see diagram). Then subtract 3 inches for the 90 degree inside corner, then subtract another ½ inch (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.) Repeat for the right side if also wall to wall. You need to subtract a total of 3½ inches from each side that is wall to wall. Choose your end caps.
Measure the left side from the corner of the wall to the end of the unit with ends caps. Then subtract 3 inches for the 90 degree inside corner, then subtract another ½ inch (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.) Repeat for the right side. You need to subtract a total of 3½ inches from both left and right sides. Choose your end caps.
L-Shaped outside radiators ending in the middle of the wall:
Measure from outside corner of the wall A to the end of the radiator unit with end caps attached B, then subtract ½" (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.)
Measure from outside corner of the wall to the corner of the wall, then subtract 1/2" (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.)
Left leg - measure from the corner out to the end of the radiator subtract 3" for the corner and ½ (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.)
Center leg - measure from corner to corner and subtract 3" for each corner a total of 6"
Right leg - measure from the corner out to the end of the radiator subtract 3" for the corner and ½" (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.).
We recommend that you order covers a little longer than normal and cut them on site, as there are many opportunities for mistakes in measuring and installation. By cutting on site you can fit and cut to fit. The covers can be cut with a good quality jigsaw and a fine metal cutting blade.
Now that you’ve learned how to measure baseboard heaters,
you’re ready to order.