When building a home theater system, there's often more to consider than just the technology. If you have young children, you also need to make sure your home theater is properly child-proofed. From large flat-screen televisions to choking and trip hazards, there could be opportunities for a young child to get injured. Here's what you need to know.
Conceal the Wires
Wires can be yanked, pulled, chewed on, and more. When wires are pulled on, it could bring heavy objects down on a child's head. It could also bring the wire down itself, which be dangerous in its own right. Many wires associated with home theater systems carry electrical current. Not only does this run a shock risk, but if left exposed, a wire could lead to a fire hazard.
Mount the Television and Peripherals
The better mounted your television and other electronics are, the less likely they are to be moved or shifted by a child. Even if you have a wireless solution, kids may still be tempted to push over objects or pull them onto themselves. Mounting will make it safer for both your child and your equipment.
Get Closed Storage
Rather than having your remotes and devices out in the open, get storage. A closed off entertainment center can protect your electronics and your child—and it's even better if it can be locked. Many children will go up to anything they find interesting and try to interact with it. When it comes to electronics, you don't want to end up in a "toast in the DVD slot" situation.
Shield Any Buttons
If there are buttons exposed on your speaker systems or televisions, you can seal them off with a baby-proofing panel. Children are apt not only to play around with the buttons, but also to attempt to pry off the buttons, or turn the electronics off at an inconvenient time. You can protect yourself and your entertainment by adding shields.
Attach Everything With a Child-Proofed Power Strip
Child-proofed power strips are designed with children in mind, often coming with covers that will prevent children from inserting anything into the plugs. Attach your system and its peripherals to child-proof power strips. Many of them will also protect your technology from electrical surges.
if you're building your own home theater room, you can always keep the area closed off, but if you're trying to build a home theater in a common living space, you may need help. For more information about creating a safe and enjoyable home theater system, contact the experts at Seven's Home Theater in MN.