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Parents need to try all possible ways to prevent their children from getting hurt. Safety on staircases and door hinges are very important to ensure that your child doesn’t have a major accident. You can take some preventive measures by simply choosing the perfect barrier for your child’s safety. There are some guidelines to follow and facts to remember, so that you can get the best surroundings for your little one.
Toddlers simply love to run around and explore their environment. Each day brings new opportunities to play around in different corners. And, while they are still too young to be taken outdoors, the house becomes their favourite playground.
Many parents think that their house is the safest place for their active toddler, but they are wrong. On the contrary, furniture, doors, stairs etc. can bear potential threats to your little one’s safety. Therefore, safety barriers for your home and gates are important to ensure that they can run around without any worries.
Barriers on Doors
Make sure these considerations are kept in mind while using barriers on doors:
- It should be of a minimum 60 cm height
- Ensure that it is securely attached to the frame of the wall
- Sturdy enough to take the weight of baby
- Do not go for materials that are cheap and can easily be broken
- You can opt for solid materials like chipboard, clear perspex or masonite
Safety on Stairs
It might be easy for the child to climb up, but it might be a challenging task to climb down the flight of stairs. You can teach him to use support of his hands and return safely, but this does not work if the stairs have more than 3 steps. So make sure you put barriers both at the top and at the bottom.
Things to Know
- The barriers that you put shouldn’t have foot hold because your toddler could climb over it. For instance, a wooden lattice used in the garden isn’t safe, as children can climb over the top.
- Cross bars or mesh shouldn’t be provided at the foothold. They shouldn’t have sharp edges or protrusions. They should also not have small detachable part which could be opened by children, as they could get choked if consumed.
- While choosing the model for any barrier, see if it can be opened by a foot pedal.
- Don’t use horizontal bars for making hinged gates.
- It is good to remove all the nearby objects on which your child can stand and get over the gate.
- If your child is tall enough; the height of the barrier reaches his armpit, it is quite possible that he could climb over. Barriers are mostly suitable till 24 months.
- Do not step over the safety gates or barriers as you carry your tot. It could be dangerous and your child could follow you.
- Models which can be adjusted without a spanner are usually more convenient and safe.
- Gates which swing open are better and safer than barriers on which you have to step over.
- See if the model can be opened by foot pedals, or can be easily opened with one hand.
- Latches need a reasonable force to get them operated, or two separate actions at least.
- Make sure that the size of the opening, which is to be gated, is within the dimensions as recommended. Many models have extensions which can be used for wider openings.
Picking The Right Safety Gates and Barriers
Common injuries of toddlers include fingers getting trapped in holes or limbs getting stuck between bars. It causes severe pain to a toddler and may also lead to bruises. Some gates also come with gaps which could allow a child’s torso to get stuck. It could even be worse, like passing through, leaving head trapped. So keep these things in mind.
2. Snagging Parts
Clothes could get stuck on them and even strangle a child.
Avoid the ones which allow children to climb the gate.
Keep in mind these considerations, when you are securing your house with barriers and making it easy for your toddler to run around.