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Researchers call for higher baby gate standards

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A new study shows that the number of baby gate related injuries has nearly quadrupled since 1990. A new study shows that the number of baby gate related injuries has nearly quadrupled since 1990.
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(WAFF) -

More than 30,000 children have gone to the emergency room after problems with baby gates.

A new study shows most of those injuries could have been prevented. While most of those injuries weren't serious, researchers say the government should require higher standards for baby gates.

The study by Nationwide Children's Hospital found that, between 1990 and 2010, the number of baby gate related injuries nearly quadrupled to an average of 1,800 a year.

"We can do a better job to make this product easier to use, easier for parents to install, and where kids won't be injured when they come in contact with this product," said Lara McKenzie, PhD, with Nationwide Children's Hospital.

Even though standards for baby gates are voluntary and not federally mandated, the study's researchers still strongly recommend using them. Having the right type in the right place is key.

"Pressure mounted gates are great at the bottom of the stairs or between rooms, but you don't want to use a pressure mounted gate at the top of the stairs because they're too easily pushed through," said McKenzie.

Researchers say gates should be used in homes with children ages six months to two years. They also say hardware mounted gates should always be used at the top of the stairs.

For more baby gate safety information, click here.

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