a. Stairs The most common, and important place to install a gate is at the top and bottom of your stairs. This prevents many potential hazards and injuries resulting from falling and tripping up or down stairs. Stair-related injuries are among the highest causes of non-fatal accidents for children at home. Most falls are the result of tripping or slipping, both on the same level and from one to another – such as from a chair, table, bed or stairs.
b. Kitchen doorway It is highly recommended to use a gate at your kitchen doorway, due to the many potential hazards that a child can encounter in the kitchen. This includes sharp knives, a hot stove, boiling water and heated food products, as well as poisonous cleaning chemicals.
c. Bedroom door The transition from cot to bed can be difficult enough without your growing children wandering around at night. Preventing your child from leaving their bedroom not only keeps them safe from harm in the hallway, bathroom and other surrounding areas, it can also prevent dogs or other pets from entering the room at night, when unsupervised.
d. Bathroom door A gate at the bathroom door can be useful if you are confident with your child leaving their own bedroom at night, but not wanting them to enter the potentially hazardous bathroom. A child should NEVER be left unattended in the bathroom, and particularly unsupervised at night – chemicals in cleaning agents as well as shampoos, lotions etc, hot water and running water all pose extremely serious risks to young ones.