Choosing the Right Baby Gate

Is your home babyproof? You owe it to your child to ensure that it is. With the right baby gate you can prevent toddlers from accessing the backyard, stairways, and any part of the house that might contain dangerous items of any sort from water the child could drown in, to medicines he or she might swallow.

Cardinal Gates has a range of safety gates designed to keep babies and children out of harm’s way. Made of metal and wood, they are all easy to install quickly and with the minimum of effort.

When choosing the right baby gate there are several factors to take into account:

  • Method of mounting
  • Whether it is intended for indoor or outdoor use
  • Where exactly it will be used, for example, at the top or bottom of stairs
  • Whether the gate is expandable or not

How Baby Gates are Mounted

There are two ways Cardinal Gates’ baby gates are mounted, either on the wall or with pressure fittings that don’t require screws or bolts. If mounted on the wall you will require screws and wall plugs or drywall anchors. Pressure gates are installed using special fittings that are tightened once in place. Screws or bolts may be used for additional stability.

Pressure Gates

Made to span an opening of between 29.5 and 32.5 inches, Cardinal Gates’ extra tall metal pressure gates can be used with extensions that will enable you to close an area up to 54.5 inches wide. At three foot, they are 20 percent higher than most safety gates and they feature auto-close and auto-lock functions. These gates open in both directions are made from steel and powder-coated in black or white. They are not recommended for use at the top of stairs.

Wall-Mounted Gates

There is a much bigger choice of wall-mounted gates, including several that are intended for use at the top or bottom of stairs. Additionally, wall-mounted gates are available in metal and wood, and for both indoor and outdoor use.

Cardinal Gates’ automatic locking safety gates are great for indoor areas that are accessed frequently. Made of powder-coated aluminum, they feature a patented latch that locks when the gate is swung shut. The latch is easy for adults to open by simply pulling and twisting, but impenetrable for babies, toddlers, and very young children.

There is also a powder-coated steel gate that is 29½ inches high and adjustable in width from 26½ to 41½ inches. Particularly easy to assemble, it can be wall-mounted at any angle.

If you need a safety gate that will keep young children in an outdoor space, you’ll need a design that is weatherproof. Similar in size to the powder-coated steel gate, Cardinal Gates’ outdoor safety gate is made of aluminum and stainless steel and is also powder-coated. In addition to this gate that may be used to block stairways, there are several other safety gates that are suitable for preventing babies and young children from accessing stairs. The safest of them all is made from powder-coated aluminum and features a latch system toddlers will never fathom but is easy for adults to operate with just one hand. A stylish “wrought iron” (steel) design, also powder coated, features the same latch.

If you need to span longer-the-usual openings, an XpandaGate is the answer. This design has the auto-close and auto-lock latch.

If you need a safety gate to help protect your child look no further than Cardinal Gates, the baby safety gate specialists.

Puppy Proofing Your Home with Pet Gates

Puppies, like toddlers, can get themselves into a whole lot of trouble. They can also wreak havoc, chewing and destroying things, and piddling and pooping all over the house until they are house trained.

The answer is to puppy proof your home to keep them safe, and to protect your home from baby-canine damage. This will also give you the opportunity to do some serious house training in an area where clean-up won’t be an issue.

Gates to Puppy Proof Your Home

Just about any Cardinal Gates’ gate intended for young children will enable you to puppy proof your home, depending of course on the layout and design of your house. But of course, we also offer gates that are made just for your pets! These gates can be used to contain puppies in specific areas, to stop them accessing stairs – either from the bottom or to stop them falling from the top, and to keep them from wandering off and getting into trouble. Pens may also be used if you want to contain the puppy in a small space.

There are several factors to consider when choosing a gate that will enable you to embark on puppy proofing your home:

  • Whether you are blocking off space in a room or from a passage or blocking the top or bottom of stairs, the dimensions of the gate need to work, particularly the width. Some have an adjustable width which is very useful and makes the gate extra versatile.
  • Any gate, fence, or pen must be high enough to stop a puppy from jumping over it. A height that is generally acceptable is 29½ inches, which is even suitable for large-breed puppies and full-sized dogs. Lower puppy-specific gates might be as low as 20 inches. Just be aware that as they grow and learn to jump they might be able to scale the obstacle. For this reason, Cardinal Gates offer height extensions for many of its designs. Width extensions are also available for some models.
  • Bar spacing. For a gate to be puppy proof it is essential that the animal can’t get through the bars. Clearly, if the bars are spaced every 2.25 inches not even the smallest breed pup will get through. But be sure to check.
  • Gates suitable for puppy proofing homes are made of several different materials including:
    • Solid wood. This includes different types of wood including oak and walnut, as well as wood that has been coated. While solid and longlasting, the uncoated versions might appeal to puppy teeth though it will take a very long time for a pup to chew through the bars.
    • Wrought iron and powder-coated aluminum or mild steel are great materials for puppy proofing homes. Stainless steel is another excellent option.
  • Installation methods. You can puppy proof a home with freestanding gates, fences, or pens, or with gates that are hardware mounted or pressure mounted.
    • Freestanding gates. These are supported in various ways and are stable. Some have simple rubber feet, while others have special stabilizing feet that may be used, and some simply sit flat on the floor.
    • Hardware mounted gates. These include special stairway pet gates that are great for puppy proofing.
    • Pressure mounted gates. Installed without screws, these gates are higher than most and very easy to fit.

If you want to puppy proof your home, contact Cardinal Gates today to find out which pet product will work best for you.

How To Baby Proof Your Home

Babies are small, vulnerable, and totally dependent on other humans to ensure their safety. As they get older and become increasingly mobile they need even more protection from the many potential hazards they will experience in life. The horrifying reality is that more accidents happen at home than anywhere else – the very place you would think your baby was safe!

So how can you baby proof your home and make it safe?

First of all, even before you identify potential hazards in your home, it’s important to realize that nothing will ever take the place of adult supervision. Just because you have safety products in place doesn’t mean you can sit back and ignore what babies and children are doing in your home. But having safety products in place certainly does make life easier for everyone.

Identify Potential Hazards in Your Home

There are probably more potential hazards in your home than you can ever imagine. While kitchens are bathrooms are recognized as being high-risk rooms, even bedrooms that are considered safe havens need to be evaluated.

Generically, baby proofing your home involves identifying anything and everything that could provide a risk. These include:

  • Steps and decks that a baby could fall down or off
  • Smooth surfaces that become slippery when wet
  • Windows he or she could fall out of and/or break and result in being cut
  • Doors they could catch their little fingers or toes in
  • Drawers and cabinets they could open that might contain potentially dangerous items from medicines and household cleaners to nuts and bolts they could swallow
  • Fireplaces where they could get burnt
  • Electric sockets and outlets that provide power … a finger or other object poked into a socket will usually result in electric shock
  • Stoves, ovens, and cookers that also introduce the hazards of burns and either injury from electricity or gas
  • Taps that deliver hot water that burns
  • Water in baths, sinks, and basins … a baby can drown in just a couple of inches of water
  • Even the corners of furniture they could bump into and get severely hurt

Once you have identified the hazards in your own home you can take steps to minimize the dangers and in this way baby proof it.

Products That Can Keep Babies and Children Safe

Generally, limiting access to certain parts of the house will make it relatively baby proof. The best way to do this is with a gate that can be installed quickly and easily.

These may be:

  • Pressure mounted with customized clamps and gate latches
  • Wall mounted
  • Manufactured specifically for use at the top of stairs or in stairwells
  • Expandable for wider spaces including passages or access areas that lead into adjoining rooms
  • Designed for outdoor spaces, for instance at the bottom of stairs that lead to the house

There are also invaluable devices that prevent children from getting into or out of doors. For example, Cardinal Gates has various Door Guardian products that are used to child and baby proof exterior doors, inward swinging doors, and patio doors. Also invaluable for seniors who tend to sleepwalk, the Door Guardian has been recognized as one of the best “new child safety products” by the Washington DC-based National Safe Kids Campaign.

There are also safety drawer and cabinet latches, safety locks including the Window Warden, hearth guards, and corner and edge “cushions”.

Plug Guards, Cord Keepers, Socket Guards, and socket lock kits are invaluable when it comes to stopping little fingers getting access to electricity.

Cardinal Gates’ Safety Products

Cardinal Gates has a number of safety products that will make your home child and baby proof. Get your child ready for little ones with Cardinal Gates shop online.

Flat Pole Padding


Cardinal Gates Flat Pole Padding (Model FPP)  is UV-Resistant, so it’s ideal for outdoor or indoor use.  Protect children from bumps & bruises on playgrounds or vehicles from garage/basement poles.  The flat pole padding is available in red, yellow, or black with matching color zip ties.

Perfect Protection For:

  • Basketball & Soccer Goals
  • Fence Posts
  • Basement Support Posts
  • Industrial Safety
  • Playground Equipment

Dimensions & Features:

  • Available in red, black, or yellow
  • Pole padding is 5/8″ thick
  • Zip ties included (matching colors,
  • Made in USA
  • 48″ in height
  • 16″ in width
  • 5/8″ thick

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