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Jay Martel

Jay Martel – Connecticut

Child Proof Coach

Jay Martel is the Child Proof Coach and an Advanced Certified Professional Childproofer working in Connecticut.

What is it like being a professional childproofer?

If you love what you do, it’s contagious. You can have so much fun in this business! It’s a great vehicle for doing good and helping families!

How long have you been working as a professional childproofer, how do you stay up to date?

I have been a professional childproofer for 18 Years. Three years ago (shortly after the IAFCS introduced the program), I received the Advanced Certified Professional Childproofer® certification, because I aspire to be the best I can be in my personal and professional life.

I continue to stay up to date in my field by attending IAFCS events, networking with other professional childproofers and staying current with child safety products.

Do you have kids? Did being a parent factor into your decision to be a professional childproofer?

Yes I have kids. Two boys, 16 and 17, and they were my inspiration for being a professional childproofer. They are helpers now in the summer.

Why do your clients choose to use your services?

Having their home professionally childproofed, gives them the ability to relax and enjoy their children more.

Why work with a professional childproofer?

Busy parents understand the benefits of hiring us. We get the job done right, it saves them time and is cost effective. It’s an amazing service for them.

Describe the process of working with you.

I do the vast majority of work on the same day. It may take one or two hours or the full day (occasionally two days) depending on the client, the size of their house and products they choose to have me install.

Is there a typical childproofing job?

There is none, but here is an example: I complete a 30 minute evaluation/survey. I install two gates, 15 latches, and 12 outlet covers. I anchor several pieces of furniture. Then, I install half a dozen one-piece door stops.

Describe one of your most challenging childproofing situations and how you made it work.

I opened the door to a home of hoarders. I made it work by going out and buying plastic bins and organizers. I helped them to sort, toss and store items that were not in the child’s best interest to be around.

What is the best feedback you receive from clients?

The best feedback is when a client’s friends call me and the phone is ringing off the hook! It’s great to know they wanted to tell all their friends about I how I helped them.