Baby Gates Aren't Always Safe, Study Finds

Monday, May 5, 2014  |  Updated 4:09 PM EDT
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More than 30,000 children have landed in the emergency room after experiencing a baby gate-related injury and most could have been prevented. Mark Barger reports.

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More than 30,000 children have landed in the emergency room after experiencing a baby gate-related injury and most could have been prevented. Mark Barger reports.

Baby gates meant to protect young children aren't always as safe as parents think. A new study said nearly 2,000 U.S. kids get emergency room treatment each year from injuries resulting from falling through or climbing on safety gates.

Most injuries weren't serious. But the researchers say parents should know about precautions. That includes using bolted gates, not pressure-mounted ones, at the top of stairs.

Researcher Lara McKenzie and colleagues at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, examined data on kids up to age 6.

The number of injured on gates more than tripled over 20 years. The cases climbed from about 4 per 100,000 children in 1990 to almost 13 per 100,000 in 2010.

The study was published online Monday in the journal Academic Pediatrics.

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