Babies and pre-schoolers are especially at risk from accidents at home. Protecting your child from falls, scalds and burns and other dangers is why it is important to ‘child-proof’ your home.
One of the pieces of equipment that can help with this is the use of safety gates. They can be used to;
You should think about where safety gates are needed in your home before your baby gets on the move. That way you won’t suddenly find your baby can get around and not be able to keep them safe.
When To Use A Safety Gate
There are a range of different safety gates to suit different situations and spaces. Safety gates are an important part of keeping your little one safe but they need to be fitted with care.
Using the right safety gate is important and using it in the right way will make it as safe as possible.
When Is It Safe To Stop Using A Safety Gate?
Safety gates are important from the age your baby becomes mobile. They should be used until you are confident they can;
There comes a time when safety gates can cause a risk of accident. Then it is time to remove them. Think about doing this if;
Don’t try and adapt safety gates to try and stop your child using their new ‘skills’. This can be dangerous.
You may still have smaller children in the house who need safety gates in place. Teach your older child to open and close them safely or ask for your help. Never let them climb over them.
Learning to use the stairs
You can teach your toddler to begin to manage stairs safely with your careful supervision.
If you have any questions or need some support to get safety gates for your family home, you can contact the Healthy Child Programme by calling Just One Number on 0300 300 0123 or texting Parentline on 07520 631590. Our opening hours are 8am-6pm Monday-Friday (excluding bank holidays) and 9am-1pm on Saturdays.
If you are 11-19 you can text ChatHealth on 07480 635060 for confidential advice from one of our team.
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