Here are 3 ways to protect your little ones and protect your electronic investments, without sacrificing any style or convenience.
- A great solution to keep little fingers away from the opening and shutting DVD trays and enticing blinking lights, not to mention keeping little feet (and teeth?) away from stray cords, all in on fell swoop, is a custom rack system. BCG specializes in these rack systems, which organize all your home theater and networking components into one spot and neatly bundles cords and wires. They're then tucked away in a closed cabinet or closet, making them a great streamlining feature for you and a non-issue for the little ones. If you're not quite ready for a whole rack system, you'll want to at least have a rack in spirit. Enclose components like DVD players behind doors that can be fixed with childproof "locks," and hide cords and wires behind cord-concealers, which will not only be safer around children, they'll look cleaner and more organized. Products like power strip covers and outlet covers are readily available and will prevent curious toddlers from finding out what happens if they unplug something or maybe even more worrisome, what happens if they plug something in, while still allowing the outlets to be used, unlike those finger- and nail-breaking standard plug covers.
- Next, secure your TV. As it's usually the biggest and most expensive single element of your system, and you can't hide it away, you'll want to make sure it's protected. More importantly, studies show that roughly 40% of furniture/appliance related child emergency room visits are from televisions alone. A win-win solution is to mount your TV on the wall. While a hanging television sounds counterintuitive when considering falling television injuries, having an expert, like BCG, professionally mount your flat screen would ensure that it is extremely secure and out of reach. Flat panel TVs are much sleeker looking, lighter (although generally more front heavy), and definitely an upgrade from the older boxy tube TVs, but those features also make them easier to knock over when they're perched on a piece of furniture. Securely mounting your TV to the wall will look great in your space, avoid a tip-over injury, and will even put the glossy frame around the screen away and out of reach from snack-sticky hands.
- Everyone, whether due to a curious child or not, has cringed at the sound of the remote control crashing to the floor, and we've all seen a remote with a taped-on battery door. Be sure to safeguard the most used item in your home theater and sound system from the little ones (and the adults!) The first thing to do is condense. Universal remotes are a great option to eliminate a different control for every element of your system. This will make everything more convenient for you, so much more streamlined than 5+ different remotes sprawled out on the coffee table, and will mean less "toys" sitting out just begging to be played with or hidden. A universal remote is typically a bit larger, heavier, and more durable than the remote packaged with your TV. The size and weight won't even be noticeable when you're using it, but will make all the difference if it does hit the ground. Some companies even offer protective cases for their controls. Maybe the best part, since these remotes are so customizable, they also have "lock" features, allowing a child to have fun pushing the buttons if they get a hold of it, but not allowing them to do any programming or viewing damage.