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Getting the right gate

From as early as seven or eight months old, children begin to explore. It is a good idea to invest in some safety gates, to keep them safe and secure around the home.

You should consider installing gates at both the top and bottom of your stairs. Even if you live in a flat or bungalow you may wish to put up a gate to stop your baby getting into the kitchen, or any other areas of the home that may not be safe for them. Safety gates are designed for children up to around 24 months.

Gates at the top of stairs should open towards you, not towards the flight of stairs, as you could fall forwards whilst opening the gate.

Getting the right gate

It's important to measure up before you buy, as you may need to purchase extensions if your stairway or door is wider than average.

It is recommended to measure your doorway from your skirting board, as this is the narrowest part of the doorway and will provide the most accurate measurement. Gates are available in wood or metal, to suit your home and décor.

There are two main types:

Wall Fix

wall fix safety gates
  • Fixed to the wall with metal screws and requires drilling.
  • They are a strong and sturdy fit.
  • Recommended for use at the top of stairs, as there is no frame or trip hazard.
  • Be sure to follow the installation instructions when fitting a gate at the top of the stairs. The gate must be fitted on the very top step and must open inwards, not outwards over the stairs.

Pressure Fit

One of the advantages of these types of gate is that they do not leave any holes or marks in the wall, and can be moved easily around the house.

However, because the gate sits in a frame it can be a trip hazard, so pressure fit gates are not recommended for use at the top of stairs.

    Pressure fit safety gate
  • Pressure fit gates are ready to assemble and do not require drilling or screwing to the wall.
  • The gate sits within a u-shaped fixed frame, which is held in place by pressure at four points.
  • The frame gives added strength to the gate, enhancing the stability and safety.
  • It's recommended that you check your pressure fit gates on a daily basis to ensure they maintain their pressure and strength.
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