Thursday, 1 August 2013

Review : Safety 1st Gates

As my youngest curiosity grows so does the need for me to have eyes in the back of my head.  I decided it was time to put a gate on the bottom of the stairs and one on the play room door.  We were sent two gates from Safety 1st :

Easy Close Metal
Easy Close Metal = 73 – 80cm
Extensions available up to maximum of 136cm
Extensions available in 7, 14 & 28cm widths
Suitable for approx 6 to 24 months
Maximum flexibility – can be used at the top or bottom of the stairs and in door frames
4 point pressure fitting – for ultimate security
No drilling required
Easy closing system – just slam to shut
Ultra safe – double locking option
2 way opening – for ultimate convenience

Easy Close Metal & Easy Close Extra Tall Metal
Easy Close Extra Tall Metal = 73 – 80cm
Extensions available up to maximum of 94cm
Suitable for approx 6 to 24 months
Extra Tall up to 91cm for added security
Maximum flexibility – can be used at the top or bottom of the stairs and in door frames
4 point pressure fitting – for ultimate security
No drilling required
Easy closing system – just slam to shut
Ultra safe – double locking option
2 way opening – for ultimate convenience

I found the gates very easy to install and in a matter of minutes had installed both gates.  I opted for non drilling and found the pressure fit really worked.  I held the bars of the gate and leaned backwards to test to ensure the gate would stay in place.

They are very easy to lock shut, just push to shut.  The opening mechanism is a two handed push button.  A button under the handle and one on top.  

buttons from top2 push buttons

An additional feature is the 2 way opening.  This involves a toggle at the bottom of the gate which means the gate will only open in one direction.  I also put down both toggles so that even if you push the buttons to open you also have to lift the toggles, this gives double security.

close toggle on safety gateopen toggle

I like the extra tall safety gate as its high that I cannot climb over the top.  This would be great for at the top of the stairs where extra safety is often needed.

The only downside for me is that the push button is very easy to push.   It can be done one handed, which is great if you are carrying a child/baby and need to open the gate.  Also great if you have bad joints or arthritis but not so great that a small child can also open them

opening safety gate

Yes that is my almost 3 year old opening the gate.  She worked out within seconds how the toggle worked too, so even if this is on she still opens the gate.  My 1 year old has worked out the toggle but not yet high enough to reach the top button.  I suspect it wont be long on the normal height gate but a little longer for the extra tall.  As a result I can agree with the recommendation for under 24 months of age.

We were sent two Safety 1st gates for the purpose of this review.  Words are my own opinions. 

2 comments:

  1. Have you seen Jurassic Park?

    That video of your oldest 'un figuring out how to open the gate reminds me of the "clever girl" scene where the raptors outsmart that bloke with the gun.

    Actually, your review here has given me an idea for a blog post of my own.

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    1. Yes seen Jurassic Park.

      Glad I could inspire you, do send me the link!

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