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Robert Lockheimer

Robert Lockheimer – California

Baby Safe Homes

Robert Lockheimer, the founder and CEO of Baby Safe Homes of Vista, California, has been in the childproofing business for sixteen years, and is the father of five children. Holding the designation of Advanced Certified Professional Childproofer, he is the franchisor and trainer for multiple Baby Safe Homes locations, and also serves as an expert witness in court cases related to child safety.

What is one of the most common overlooked hazards in the home?

Doorstops. The standard spring doorstops with the removable white end cap are a major choking hazard for babies and toddlers.

Describe a typical childproofing job.

We conduct a thorough in-home safety evaluation and assess the need for safety gates, cabinet latches, furniture straps, tv straps, smoke, fire and CO sensors, doorstops and locks and toilet locks.

We give our clients a thorough idea of the costs and how we work during our first conversation. They know what to expect and there are no surprises. The typical job takes between two and five hours, depending on the size of the home and the scope of the work being done.

What are the main reasons people choose to work with you, rather than do it themselves?

People feel more secure knowing their home has been evaluated by a trained professional, and that the correct products have been installed the right way. Our clients appreciate how clear and simple we are. They have peace of mind knowing we have pointed out hazards they may have overlooked. Also, they are assured that the products we use are of the highest quality—this can be difficult for consumers to analyze on their own.

How do you stay up-to-date with the best products and best child proofing techniques?

We maintain ongoing contact with manufacturers, read safety articles and collaborate with all of our locations to keep up-to-date on new challenges and methods.

The awareness and recognition of this industry and its importance are growing at an unprecedented rate. I am proud to be a part of something that is beneficial to so many families.