Choosing your safety gate
Driven by a passion to make parents' lives easier and children's lives safer, we offer the largest selection of safety gates and are committed to maintaining our position as the UK's number 1 safety brand*. We feel it is extremely important that you choose the right safety gate that takes into consideration how and where it will be fitted, its practicality, functionality and also how it looks within your home.
When will you need a safety gate?
Safety gates are designed to secure certain areas of your home, traditionally the top and bottom of your stairs. However they can also be used to keep your little one out of a potentially hazadorous room - such as the kitchen, or keep them within a room such as their bedroom on a night.
Safety gates are suitable for children up to the age of 24 months, however the best time to buy your safety gate is when your little one starts to crawl.
Where will you need to put a safety gate?
The most important place to fit a safety gate is at the top and bottom of your stairs, preventing your child from falling and causing themselves injury.
According to CAPT [Child Accident Prevention Trust] the largest number of non-fatal injuries happen when children fall. In 2002 390,000 children aged under 15 were taken to UK hospitals after a fall at home. Most falls are either slips or trips on the same level. Babies and young children are also hurt after falling from one level to another (such as from a chair, bed or changing table) or more commonly down the stairs.
2. Kitchen doorway
Using a safety gate on your kitchen doorway is also a good idea. Kitchens hold a multitude of dangers from hot appliances to cleaners and chemicals. A safety gate ensures that your little one can't gain access without you being in the same room.
According to CAPT in 2002 almost 37,000 children aged under 15 were taken to hospital after an accident in the home resulting in a burn or scald and over 26,000 children under 5 years were taken to hospital after a suspected poisoning, the great majority being in the home
3. Bedroom door
Changing from a cot to a bed brings a whole new challenge. With more freedom to get in and out of bed, a safety gate on their bedroom door means you can be assured that they won't wander from room to room in the night and more importantly, will be unable to get into the bathroom, another danger zone when unsupervised. Using a gate also helps to discipline your child to stay in bed, without the need to close the door completely.
4. Bathroom door
If you like your little one to be able to come into your room on a night and would prefer not to fit a gate to their bedroom door, it could be a good idea to fit a safety gate in the bathroom doorway. Bathrooms, like kitchens, contain many dangerous substances, from bathroom cleaners to shampoos, shower gels and lotions, not to mention medicines. Not only can these but water itself be extremely dangerous, with risk of drowning.
What types of safety gates are available?
Lindam provide two main categories of safety gates:
1. Pressure fit.
These gates are ready to assemble and do not require drilling or screwing to the wall. The pressure fit gate design incorporates a power frame; a "u" shaped frame which enhances the stability and safety of the gate through added strength. The pressure fit gates can be extended using extensions (8 sizes available and depending on which gate you choose creating a maximum gate width of up to 138cm).
2. Wall mounted
These gates are mounted directly onto the wall and therefore require drilling. The benefit however is that they are extending gates and depending on which gate you choose can fit a maximum opening of 106cm. They also do not have a bottom rail which is a feature of the pressure fit gate and can be a potential trip hazard, especially at the top of the stairs.
We recommend that a wall mounted safety gate is used at the top of the stairs for additional safety and strength. Wall mounted gates do not have a bottom support rail which can potentially cause a tripping hazard when used at the top of the stairs.
Which safety gate should you choose?
Once you have considered whether you want a pressure fit or a wall mounted gate, you need to consider the features you need your gate to have. We have a number of different safety gates to suit every requirement:
Alarmed pressure fit gate - each time the gate is opened a primary alarm sounds. Should the gate be left open, this sound increases to a secondary alarm. A reassuring alert to parents that the gate has been left open or incorrectly installed.
Auto close pressure fit gate - the autoclose system automatically closes the gate door behind you so you are always safe in the knowledge that the gate is closed.
Extending wall mounted gates - the extending gate fits directly into the wall and depending on which gate you choose can be extended from 62cm up to 106cm. They are the preferred solution for use at the top of the stairs and do not have the bottom support bar, which can be a potential trip hazard.
Wooden safety gate - available as a wood / metal pressure fit gate or an extending wall mounted gate, the primary advantage to these gates is their stylish and sleek look. They come with all of the benefits and features of their metal counterparts.
Travel flexi guard - a lightweight and portable alternative to conventional safety gates. This collapsible guard 'twists and folds' into it's own carry bag and is perfect for travel or occasional use - such as at relatives or grandparents.
Maintaining your gate
If you are using a pressure fit gate, it is paramount that you check the pressure of the gate on a daily basis. This is very easy to do. Simply ensure that both sets of the top and bottom adjusters are tight. A key indication that the gate is not fitted properly is the handle as it will not fit neatly into the handle cradle if there is not enough pressure.
All of the gates have been tested to the highest British and European standards however their effectiveness will depend on how the gate is used and the general maintenance and upkeep of the gate.
Checking the gate daily will ensure you maintain its effectiveness and safety and will also ensure you spot any sign of damage.
Like any product, if you look after your gate it will last for the duration it is intended.
Fit a wall mounted safety gate to the top of the stairs
Check your pressure fit gates on a daily basis to ensure they maintain their pressure and strength
Ensure you read the mounting instructions to ensure the gate is installed correctly
Fit safety gates either before or as soon as your child becomes mobile