Question of the Week

Dear Baby Bodyguards,

I received a safety gate as a gift at my shower. It is pressure mounted, but says it can be used at the top of a staircase. I have heard conflicting information as to whether or not it is okay to use pressure mounted gates on the top of the stairs. I put it up, and it seems to be in super tight, do you think this is safe?

I am so glad a concerned parent asked this question. I cannot tell you how many clients call us after having experienced an accident with their child related to a pressure mounted gate at the top of the stairs. The manufacturer’s claims can be very misleading in this regard. While it is acceptable to use a pressure mounted gate at the bottom of the stairs you should not use a pressure mounted gate at the top of the stairs. Some pressure mounted gates come with hardware so that it can be wall mounted if it is going to be used at the top of the stairs. Again not all gates are able to be wall mounted but some can and certainly any gate at the top of the stairs should be wall mounted. All gates sold in the US will state “can be used for top of stairs” if they are appropriate to do so, “can be used for stairs” simply means that it can be used for the bottom and may be able to be used for the top.

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