May 5, 2014 7:37 AM by Chelsea DeCesare

Baby safety gates aren't always safe, study finds

CHICAGO (AP) - Baby gates meant to protect young children aren't always as safe as parents think.

A new study says nearly 2,000 U.S. kids get emergency room treatment each year from injuries resulting from falling through or climbing on these gates.

Most injuries weren't serious. But researchers at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, say parents should take better precautions, such as using bolted safety gates instead of pressure-mounted ones at the top of stairs.

The study in the journal Academic Pediatrics says the number injured on gates more than tripled over 20 years.


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