Although Sacks and Horton conceded that few of the 30,000 anticipated showcase tour visitors can afford houses as pricey as the Calabasas models, the exhibit's intent is to give them tips to increase child safety in their own homes.
At little cost a parent can, for example, install safety wall socket covers or change doorstops to one-piece plastic models instead of units with removable tops that can be swallowed by kids, Sacks said.
"We want people to go home to their own homes and do the little things they never thought of," Horton said. "They might not be able to afford a lot of the more expensive work, but they can learn, for instance, to move the hair dryer to a spot where the cord won't reach to the bathtub. We'll have exhibits of all sorts of simple things that can be done."
The Los Angeles-based architects who designed the homes are Lise Matthews, Barry Robles and Bahram Nashat. They were selected not only for their architectural expertise but also their concern for child safety in the home.
"Needless accidents can be avoided," said Matthews, the mother of two children. "Our children are too precious to risk their safety through lack of careful design."
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