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Best Ways to Childproof Your HVAC Registers

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If there’s a toddler in your household, you may be tired of retrieving toys, food, and bits of paper from your register vents. Or maybe the little one is lifting them up and dropping them on their fingers and toes.

If any of these situations speak to you, we have several good suggestions for childproofing your HVAC registers.

Secure the registers

By securing the register itself, you can keep a child from lifting it up and putting toys etc. into the ducts.

  1. If your register is wood, you can hammer, screw, or glue it to the floor below.
  2. If the register is metal, you can screw it down.
  3. Or if you want a less permanent (and floor scarring) option, you can attach Velcro to the underside of the register and the floor. It’s less secure than the other options, but it still makes it more difficult to lift the register. By the same token, you can use double sided foam mounting tape.

Of course, securing a register could mean covering it with a upside down laundry basket – but that is only likely to work with a very young child. Still, it might just be the quick measure you need in the meantime.

Screen the registers

Even with a register cover securely fastened over the vent, there are still those little slits. And as small as they are, the number of objects that fit through them is still pretty impressive.

Hide the registers

Your solution may be as simple as hiding the register.

 

 

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