(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.