Hallway and stairs create a safety
hazard. Baby gates are going to be your best friend for these areas.
Here are some tips to get you started:
Gates should be installed in all entryways which
parents want off-limits as well as in all accessible stairways
that do not have a door to close and lock. Alternatively parents
might prefer a gate vs. always keeping the door shut and locked.
High traffic areas should have easy-to-access swing-through
gates. Pressure gates (which are more difficult to access, and
may involve removal each time you use it) are more appropriate
for lower traffic areas. It is highly recommended to install
safety gates at the top and bottom of the stairway. Some stairways
which have other than straight wall-to-wall mounting surfaces
(i.e. steel or wooden banisters, non-level mounting surfaces)
will likely require a wood mounting kit. Child Proofzone Inc.
will advise you of your gate options, and will recommend gates
which best meet your needs and preferences. Installing a gate
yourself is always an option, but is not recommended; gates
improperly installed will not perform as they were intended,
and may present more of an injury risk.
Children should not be allowed to jump or climb on the gates
as this can lead to poor gate performance, damage to the gate
and/or injury to anyone trying to jump over the gate.
If you have rugs, make sure that they are secured with rug tape
or have non-slip backing.
Spring or solid door stoppers with plastic cap can be pulled
off and are a number one choking hazard. They should be replaced
with a one-piece safety door stopper.
Electrical outlet covers are critical in this room. The best
type is the installed version. They feature a cover that can swivel
away to plug in an item, but snaps back into place when the item
is unplugged. You will never have to worry about forgetting to
plug the plastic cover back in!
Banisters that have pickets with a width that exceeds the maximum
code (3.5-4 ") or that are climbable, should be covered with
a banister guard to prevent your child from falling through the
Door knob covers can keep babies from opening doors but can
be opened by older siblings. This is sometimes preferred, so parents
don't have to continually open the doors for the older children
too. Lever-style door locks are also available for levered door
handles. Use bi-fold door locks to prevent babies from pinching
their fingers and/or opening bi-fold doors. Other options for
keeping doors secured: Overhead door latches, safety hook &
eyes, barrel bolts, flip locks.