Number of children injured by baby gates quadrupled since 1994

Number of children injured by baby gates quadrupled since 1994

Credit: CBS

Number of children injured by baby gates quadrupled since 1994

Print
Email
|

by Adam McDonald, KMOV.com staff

KMOV.com

Posted on May 5, 2014 at 3:37 PM

(KMOV) – A new study finds the number of children injured in baby gate accidents has nearly quadrupled in twenty years.

“I heard a big thump down the stairs and I ran,” said Jessica Fannon, a mother. “I just knew in the pit of my stomach what it was. She had fallen over a baby gate and down 14 stairs.”

Fannon says her daughter fell down the stairs because she had a downstairs gate at the top of her stairs.

According to studies, more than 60% of children hurt are under two-years-old and almost 2000 children are treated each year for baby gate accidents.

In order to protect your children, experts say when using a gate at the top of the stairs, to use ones that are screwed in, not pressure mounted.

They also say parents should remove gates when a child turns two or when they are able to open the gate or climb over it.

Print
Email
|