Purchasing the right child safety gate the first time around is important to eliminate any unnecessary returns.
To determine the best child safety gate, the following are some points you need to consider :
Child safety gate generally fall into two categories: Pressure mounted or Hardware mounted. The installation decision should be determined by where and how the gate is being used.
Pressure mounted gates require no holes or hardware for installation and are best suited for less hazardous locations such as a doorway between rooms or at the bottom of a stairway. Most traditional pressure gates have panels that slide past each other and are really barriers using a locking bar or other locking mechanism combined with rubber feet wedging the gate into place. They can be easily dislodged if not properly re- adjusted each time they are opened, which often encourages adults to "climb over," causing another safety hazard. The soft travel models are mesh barriers with no walk through feature. Other more recent pressure designs stay mounted in uneven openings and utilize a step-through, walk-through, or swinging gate section that can be opened in either direction with one hand without bending over. These newer styles are a little more expensive but their convenience encourages proper use.
Hardware gates are considered safer than pressure gates because they are permanently mounted and are best for areas where safety is paramount, like at the top of stairs. No one likes to drill holes but parents need to understand that a little wood putty or spackling can save an agonizing trip to the hospital emergency room. The screws generally included with these gates are for mounting directly into wood. Installation into other surfaces like dry wall, brick, wrought iron or glass blocks will require additional hardware available from any hardware store or home improvement center. Specially designed gate installation kits are offered by several companies to aid in the mounting of any gate or barrier. Gates should never swing out over the stairs and should have a built-in directional device to prevent this from happening. Most hardware-mounted gates must to be mounted from point A to point B in a straight line. Some newer hardware mounted multi-purpose gates can form angles to cover odd shaped or irregular areas like staircases, hot tubs, fireplaces and wood burning stoves. The gate should also have no fix horizontal bar on the bottom that can cause a tripping hazard.
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