Are pressure-mounted baby gates Safe for top of stairs

By strategically placing gates in potentially dangerous areas, such as stairs, you can ensure your baby is safe once he or she starts crawling. There is a question being queried by some lazy parents. Are pressure-mounted baby gates safe for use up the stairs? Why I am using specifically “lazy” here? The answer is given below.

Hardware-mounted baby gates are installed with screws in a doorway; holes have to be drilled in the frame of the doorway or into the studs behind a wall so that brackets and screws can be attached. Its look difficult a destructive but you can use wood putty or wall-patching compound to fill in the holes after the gate has been taken down. Don’t be lazy.

If you’re lazy keep in mind, a pressure-mounted gate may fall on your baby as a result of your negligence.

If it not falls, you always have to look after the gate like tight the pressure mounting etc.

Ideally, child safety gates should be installed for babies aged 6 to 24 months. Instead of drilling into a door or wall, pressure-mounted gates are wedged into place by being compressed against the frame. Since they can be easily dislodged, they’re not suitable for places where security is very important, such as at the top of the stairs.

Pressure-mounted gates, for instance, can be used as dividers between rooms that are located on the same floor level or at the bottom of stairs. It is safe to use pressure-mounted gates in the kitchen so the baby can’t get in the way while you’re cooking.

Why pressure mounted baby gates are not safe for top of stairs?

To stay in place, pressure gates need to be pushed against walls or railings. The edges of two flat solid surfaces should be aligned diagonally across one another to stay in place.

I would like to give you some points to help you better understand why pressure-mounted baby gates are not suitable for stairs. It is possible to push out pressure gates, particularly at the top of stairs, where they can cause injury. They are never to be used at the tops of stairs.

Sometimes they are placed at the base of stairways, as room dividers, or in the doorways between rooms. The advantage of using these gates is that they do not need to be screwed in, but, in reality, they have the potential to cause damage to your walls.

Children wiggling at the gate or constantly putting up and down the Removable Pressure Gates scratch the wall. Paint patches are often removed, which must be repaired.

Additionally, it is not necessary to use tools to install pressure gates. However, people do not realize how annoying they can be until after they buy them. When purchasing Removable versions or Walkthroughs, it is not considered whether they will need to pass through a smaller doorway all the time.

When using pressure-mounted baby gates, it is recommended to install them between two flat walls and not near baseboards. There is great potential for a pressure gate to collapse, taking a child with it, because walls are rarely even, nor are banisters always flat or solid.

Often, parents don’t realize that forcing their pressure gates against banister posts will destroy and weaken them.

Final Verdict

The installation of pressure mounted baby gates at the top of stairs is not safe because

  • they can fall
  • they can damage your banister or wall
  • and when you walk through them, you feel a lack of space

especially if you install them at the top of the stairs. I hope you find the right answer.

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Michael Lima

Michael lima is graduate architect from the university of California. He assists homeowners to improve their homes through his blogs.