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What are the best walk through baby gates ?

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Whether you choose a hardware- or pressure-mounted safety gate, look for one that's certified by the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association. A sticker from the JPMA on the frame or packaging indicates that the manufacturer claims to have met international voluntary safety standards for the gate. The standards address a variety of safety and performance issues, including the strength of the components, the size of the openings (to prevent finger or toe entrapment), and the integrity of the latch. It specifies that the gate should be no less than 22 inches tall, and that the distance between the bottom of the gate and the floor should be less than 3 inches, so that a small torso can't pass through and there's minimal risk of a head or neck getting stuck.

The following brands of gates bear the JPMA seal: Cardinal Gates, Dorel Juvenile Group (Safety 1st), Evenflo, GMI, KidCo, Lascal/Regal Lager, Munchkin, Inc., North States Industries, Regalo International, Retract-A-Gate/ Creative Frontier, Summer Infant Products, Tee-Zed Products (Dream Baby), and TOMY International (formerly RC2/Learning Curve). About half of all injuries associated with safety gates involve adults who trip or fall when trying to step or jump over one. Pressure-mounted gates also have a threshold at the bottom that poses a tripping hazard. Make sure any gate you buy is easy for you to open so you won't be tempted to climb over it.

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