Product Type: Lindam safety products
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Lindam Easy Fit Plus Safety Gate
Member Name: Autarkis
Lindam Easy Fit Plus Safety Gate
Date: 19/01/12, updated on 02/06/13 (99 review reads)
Advantages: Double locking mechanism which only adults can operate
Disadvantages: May mark doorways
Once I put my son into his own room to sleep at 6 months of age, I knew that I would need to invest in a stair gate. It is never too early to install a stair gate, it is always better to be safe and prepared. Having a stair gate gives piece of mind, and keeps little ones safe. Most stair gates look the same, however, there can be many differences between them. There are metal, wood and mesh material stair gates available. The gate needs to be the right size for its intended use. It needs to be a tight fit to ensure that it is safe.
I always remembered how awkward it was to have to continuously climb over my daughter's stair gate 15 years ago. Nowadays, stair gates have advanced, and there are a lot more choices. I put a lot of thought and consideration into selecting the right stair gate for my son. I certainly wanted a stair gate that featured a door, and one that was easy to operate that was completely childproof. My son is an extremely lively inquisitive child that likes to explore and have fun. He is always on the go, and he certainly keeps me on my toes. It was vital to get a stair gate fitted onto the doorway of his bedroom, as it leads straight onto the steep staircase.
Browsing through the Argos catalogue I carefully inspected and compared the stair gates that were on offer. After long deliberation I decided on the Lindam Easy Fit Plus Child's Safety Gate, I chose this particular gate, as it has a door that opens both ways, which makes it easy to get from room to room. Another good selling feature that swung it was the double locking mechanism on the gate. The stair gate looked like any other, just a standard white metal stair gate.
The stair gate is supplied fully assembled, and is ready to fit. It will fit openings from 75 to 81cm, and it is advisable to measure the doorway prior to purchase to ensure that it is the right fit. It features pressure fit wall cups that clamp to the walls securely. They will of course distress the paint in the doorframe, however, this is to be expected with any stair gate. Once it is secured to the doorframe, it is rigid and robust. Giving it a good tug to ensure that it is firmly in place confirms that it is fitted and there's no chance of it being pulled down. The white metal stair gate features blue plastic fittings. The
It isn't obvious to a child that there is a gate that can be opened. The discreet clever locking mechanism features on the top of the gate is easy for an adult to operate with one hand, leaving a free hand to assist a little one. The locking mechanism is simple, yet genius. The plastic handle features a push down button, placing a finger over this and wrapping the hand over to grasp the underside, both the button and the bar under the underside are to be squeezed together. It is easy for an adult to operate this with one hand, and as it is done in a discreet way, a child is highly unlikely to work out how to open it. There is also a catch on the bottom of the gate, which is to be flicked downward, and this clasps over both sides of the bottom bars to hold the bottom of the gate in place. The gate closes and locks with ease, giving a reassuring clunk to notify that it has been locked. Like all baby equipment, the stair gate should regularly be inspected to ensure that it is safe.
The stair gate is used on my son's bedroom doorway, which is adjacent to the steep staircase. The stair gate has been in operation for 3 years now, and it has been a brilliant device that has offered protection and peace of mind. It has remained in perfect working order, and it is still in great condition. It is not bothersome to have to open the gate to get in and out of the room. The door to the gate opens fully either way making it easy to get in and out. I have opened the gate door both ways, depending on whether I'm inside or outside his room. The bar at the bottom of the gate is not obtrusive and is easy to step over.
The gate usually gets leaned on as we get in and out, and is subject to abuse from my little boy. He enjoys smashing his cars around the floor, and the edges of the room including the base of the stair gate. He also enjoys running around wildly and often run into the gate to stop. My son has attempted to open the gate without success, which goes to prove how discreet it is to operate the locking mechanism.
The stair gate is easy to keep clean, and is just washed down with a damp cloth from time to time. It has suffered minimal marks from toys that have been clanged against the bars. The gate opens easily and effortlessly, and it operates just as well today as it did the first day we installed it. A stair gate should ideally be used until a child reaches 24 months of age, however, this is just a guideline, and it depends on the individual child. I know my son is a livewire that needs to be watched over, however, I know he would never attempt to climb over the gate, and he has no idea how it is opened.
As far as stair gates go this one is a reliable stair gate that is practical and functional. It has won 3 awards, which is another sign that this important piece of safety equipment is a winner.
2 way opening
Fits openings from 75 to 81cm
Maximum width with extensions 137cm
Pressure fit - permanent fix wall cups included
Extensions available via Lindam helpline
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Summary: An excellent stair gate with a double locking mechanism for extra safety