How to choose gates & gate extensions?
• The type of safety gate you choose will depend on the purpose and position of the gate.
• If the purpose of the gate is to prevent your child from falling, for example at the top of a staircase, you will need a hardware-mounted gate which is securely bolted to a wooden or metal frame within the walls of your home.
• The cheaper and less obtrusive alternative is a pressure-mounted gate. These gates are stabilised by pressing against opposing walls and are therefore less sturdy. Use pressure-mounted gates to discourage your little one from crawling up the stairs or entering certain rooms, but never use them where falling is a potential hazard, such as at the top of a staircase.
• Prevent climbing by avoiding gates with horizontal slats, tempting footholds and those without a top filler.
• Opt for gates with closely spaced, sturdy, vertical slats or a mesh screen to prevent your child from climbing, sliding through and getting a finger, toe or limb caught.