Safety gates can help keep children away from stairs or rooms that have hazards in them.
New safety gates that meet safety standards display a certification seal from the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA). If you have an older safety gate, be sure it doesn’t have "V" shapes that are large enough for a child’s head and neck to fit into. These gates present a choking hazard for children.
- Look for safety gates that children cannot dislodge easily, but that adults can open and close without difficulty.
- For the top of stairs, gates that screw to the wall are more secure than pressure gates.