I just went to install some today and in the instructions it says not to use them at the top of stairs. Is this in case bigger kids climb over them and fall?
Please be kind if there is a super obvious reason that I'm not thinking of...I'm very tired and my brain is of a mush like consistency.
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29-05-2013 18:25 #1
Safety gates at the top of stairs?
29-05-2013 18:43 #2
Better at the top than the bottom I would have thought! Will be interested to hear others responses too...
29-05-2013 18:45 #3
So how do you stop them from falling down?!
We have one at the top and one at the bottom.
29-05-2013 18:45 #4Senior Member
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Only thing I can think of is because they can climb up the stairs and then fall down. But that can't be it as then you could just use one at the top and bottom.
29-05-2013 18:49 #5
I've just googled it, apparently gates with a bottom rail present a tripping hazard for the adult, particularly if you are carrying a child. I did not know this an have had a gate with a bottom rail at the the top of our stairs for ages!
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29-05-2013 18:54 #7
We have one at the top and one at the bottom and I would say because its a tripping hazard. My hubby has tripped a few times going down. Not with the toddler thank goodness.
29-05-2013 18:56 #8
Thanks everyone, I would never have thought of tripping! Gosh that is SO something I would do too.
29-05-2013 19:14 #9
We had one at the top of our stairs in our old house and it worried me constantly. I did trip over it a few times, but it came down when DD2 leaned on it and it fell over, taking her and the gate down the stairs.
My parents had a fantastic one which was screwed into the wall and was set back slightly so the tripping was reduced. I jut learned to watch the kids closely when we were upstairs.
29-05-2013 19:19 #10
We had a gate on top of. The stairs at our old place. In our mind the risk of us falling down the stairs was less of an issue that the kids falling down.
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