Study Shows Baby Gates May Not Be Safe
From locks on cabinets and toilets to outlet covers, the products available to protect young children from injuries are endless. But what many parents may not realize that some of the equipment they use to protect their children may be considered defective products.
One new study shows that many baby gates used to keep children and pets out of unsafe areas may, in fact, be safety hazards themselves. A team of researchers from Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, examined the records of children who had emergency room visits over the past 20 years to determine what the causes of their injuries were. According to an article from THV 11 News, they discovered as many as 2,000 children are hurt each year by either falling into or off of a baby gate in the home.
While only a few children were seriously injured as the result of these accidents, researchers remind parents to use caution with these products and to always heed product warnings. One of the most important precautions to mind is always using a bolted gate near stairs, rather than a unit that uses pressure on a door frame to stay held in place.
The Little Rock personal injury lawyers with Rainwater, Holt & Sexton recognize the risks that can be involved with using certain products and encourage anyone who has been harmed by using a faulty item or piece of equipment to contact the firm to discuss your legal options.