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DanaMaria
Second floor half wall safety concern
DanaMaria

We just recently got into a beautiful new home, and almost everything in it is perfect! Except the half wall overlooking our living room... I have 2 very active little boys, and my youngest is actually the one I'm most concerned about. Do you have any decorative and see through ideas to both add to the charm and ease this momma's worried heart? I can provide a picture if you need it.
Thanks so much in advance!
Dana McCormick

Lynne
Re: Second floor half wall safety concern
Lynne

Maybe a glass panel like you see on decks?

Fencepost
Re: Second floor half wall safety concern
Fencepost

Enroll them in a martial arts, gymnastics, or parkour course that will teach them to fall properly without injury.

Mastercarpentry
Re: Second floor half wall safety concern
Mastercarpentry

I've been AWOL but maybe the OP will see this. Construct a mini-railing, similar to a stair or deck railing but shorter, to fit atop the half wall. How high is your call, but pickets should be spaced close enough to prevent the smallest child in the house from crawling through since 'big brother' may boost them up there. Normal codes call for less than 4" space at any point, and that is a good rule of thumb, but being the wall itself provides the fall protection requirement, those codes do not apply here. If they are inclined to climb over this, you'll need it high enough to prevent going over the top, but by then you night as well go all the way to the ceiling.

There's a risk involved but the real solution is kids who are trained and disciplined well enough to know not to play there. If I had tried to climb such a thing as a kid 50 years ago my parents would have seen to it that I still could not sit down. It's wise to protect those who are too young to understand the risks, but at some point kids must learn that this world is full of risks and that they need to learn to avoid them instead of expecting someone or something else to prevent them from being imperiled. They will encounter something similar somewhere else so the behavior created here is what will guide them elsewhere.

Phil

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