Designed to prevent babies and toddlers from falling down the stairs or climbing the staircase, screw fit stair gates are one of the most secure stair gates available from Safetots and are recommended, especially for use at the top of the stairs. They are also suitable for other areas of the home such as doorways and provide a permanent barrier to help keep you baby or toddler from danger.
Screw fit safety gates are fixed straight into the wall with a wall mounting kit and metal screws which provide a safety barrier fixed at a permanent position. They are easy to install but will require some drilling. Make sure you read all installation and mounting instructions carefully before starting.
In addition to being strong and sturdy, screw fit safety gates have the added advantage of having no bottom rail which removes the risk of tripping which can sometimes be found with other safety gates. Some models can also be removed from the mounting and placed elsewhere providing there is another wall mounting system in place.
Before purchasing your screw fit baby gate, it is important to check you have the correct measurements. You may need to buy baby gate extensions if you have a wider than usual door frame or staircase, as screw fit stair gates are not extendable. There is a wide range of stair gates extensions available at Safetots.
There is a range of screw fit baby gates to choose from, available in a range of materials including wood, metal plastic or mesh with additional features such as extra tall screw fit stair gates, narrow width screw fit stair gates and two-way opening gates.
Although not recommended, if you live in rented accommodation, or do not want to put holes in your walls, you could consider placing a pressure fit stair gate on the second stair down which will prevent tripping.
Don’t buy any stair gates including screw fit stair gates second hand as they may not comply with current EN 1930:2011 regulations. All Safetots safety and stair gates comply with current regulations, if you need any help and advice on selecting the best stair gate for you or information on installation, then please contact us.
Follow these simple step by step instructions to finding the right safety gate for your home:
1. WALL TO WALL - To establish the ‘wall to wall’ measurement, measure from wall to wall where you estimate the top edge of the safety gate to fit. (Standard height gates are approximately 75cm and extra tall gates are 100cm in height. Key in this measurement in centimeters in the ‘wall to wall’ box.
2. FLOOR LEVEL – To establish the ‘floor level’ measurement, measure the estimated floor space, taking into account any skirting boards. It’s important to measure within the skirting boards as this may alter the gate we recommend for you. Key in this measurement in centimeters in the ‘floor level’ box. If there is no difference between the floor level and the wall to wall measurement there is no need to fill in both.
3. Once you have entered ‘wall to wall’ measurements and ‘Floor level’ measurements select the blue GO button. You will now have a list of all suitable and compatible safety gates for your space. Your measurements have now been automatically and accurately calculated.
4. To narrow your search further, select TYPE. Establish the type of safety gate you would prefer and select/click on that option. For example, if you are looking for a Pressure Fit Stair Gate, click on ‘Pressure fit Stair Gates’. You will now have a list of pressure fit stair gates (only) that are compatible with the measurements you have already entered. You can select more than one gate type if required.
5. To narrow your search further, select COLOUR. Click on the preferred gate colour or colours. At this point you will have a list of gates in your chosen TYPE and COLOUR that will fit your exact measurements.
6. Continue to follow the process of points 4 and 5 for GATE MATERIAL, BRAND and GATE FEATURES.
7. Once you have completed your selections, you will now be left with a list of safety gates compatible with your space in your preferred brand, colour and style with any particular gate features required.
8. To start the process again, simply click the blue x in the top right corner of the finder, this will take you to a fresh stair gate finder page.
The space in my home is unique?
If the Safetots stair gate finder is not working for you due to an unusual or awkward space, contact the safety gate experts at Safetots who will aim to make recommendations to you based on your requirements.
Are screw fitting stair gates safe?
Screw fitting stair gates come complete with wall mounting fixtures and fittings to allow for strong, sturdy and secure installation on walls, doorways or bannisters. A screw fit stair gate is the ultimate robust stair gate, installed with screws direct into the fittings and into the wall. A screw fit stair gate is safe and recommended for all doorways, hallways and stairwells in the home. The screw fit gate is the best, most safe option for the top of the stairs as it has no trip bar and the screw fit installation further provides maximum security. The screw fittings ensure a screw fit stair gate stays in place more securely upon impact from family members and their pets and ensures the safety gate does not come loose easily. All Safetots screw fitting stair gates have been tried and tested and meet with today's necessary safety standards. Screw fit stair gates are available from Safetots in metal and wood, both options provide suitable, safe room divider solutions for the home. Metal screw fitting stair gates are recommended for families with dogs, should your dog like to chew, a metal screw fitting stair gate is safer, stronger and more resilient to chewing. Screw fitting stair gates provide the maximum security for dividing areas safely in the home.
How to install a screw fitting stair gate?
A screw fitting stair gate is installed using wall mounting fixtures and fittings and screws. A paper template with drill/screw markings is provided with each screw fitting gate, which enables you to place and align your gate and drill precisely in line with the template. The template helps achieve accurate measuring and avoids drilling in the wrong area. Depending on the surface intended for the installation of your screw fit stair gate, wall plugs may be required. Wall mounted brackets are then installed and the gate can be mounted and screw fitted into place. A screw fit safety gate provides the ultimate security for children and pets in the home, providing a more secure and more permanent room divide. Although a considered the more permanent option for safety gates, many screw fitted gates do benefit from a quick release mechanism, making them versatile should you wish to fit additional brackets in other doorways and stairwells, a screw fit gate can be easily transferred.
Can you use a screw fitting stair gate at the top of the stairs?
A screw fit stair gate is the most recommended safety gate for the top of the stairs. Unlike many stair gates on the market, the screw fit safety gate benefits from no trip bar making it the ultimate safety gate for the top of the stairs as it carries no potential danger of tripping over the base frame. Screw fit stair gates provide the ultimate safety due to their strength gained through the screw fit installation, they provide a strong and safe divide that can withstand greater pressure should any family member lean onto the gate. As all screw fit safety gates have no trip bar and the screw fit installation further provides maximum strength and security, they are recommended for the top of the stairs by Safetots, suppliers and manufacturers.
What is a screw fitting stair gate?
Screw fitting stair gates provide a secure and safe division between two areas in the home. Made from metal, wood or mesh (if retractable) a screw fit stair gate provides the ultimate security in keeping children and pets safe in the home. They benefit from being the ultimate strong, sturdy and more permanent fixed gate. Screw fitting ensures maximum strength and safety should any pressure be applied to the gate and unlike many other stair gate designs, benefits from having no trip bar. A screw fitting stair gate is one of the few on the market recommended for the top of the stairs, thanks to its screw fit installation and no trip bar it provides the safest most secure option. Screw fit stair gates are recommended for families with large dogs, able to withstand the pressure should a dog lean onto the gate, they provide the ideal room divider for keeping children safe from larger pets. A screw fit stair gate has the least risk of coming loose if installed correctly and offers the best safety and security in more vulnerable locations.
Further safety is achieved from the lift and close feature of the gate. To open and close a screw fit safety gate, it is necessary to slide and lift the opening to enter and exit through the gate providing further maximum safety and security.
How do screw fitting stair gates work?
A screw fitting stair gate benefits from a full swing opening, making exiting and entering the gate simple. Installed with screw fitted brackets it provides the ultimate security in stair gates. A screw fitted stair gate can safely be installed in all doorways, stairwells, upstairs and downstairs in the home in external and internal areas as required. Screw fitted stair gates can be opened and closed via the slide and lift handle which provides additional security for families with young children and can be fixed in size or extendable but unlike the pressure fitted stair gate additional gate panels cannot be added. Installed on safe, secure and strong hinges, a screw fit stair gate provides a more permanent safety gate for the home. However, they do benefit from a quick release system, allowing for quick and simple removal of the gate, brackets remain in place and the gate may be removed or transferred to additional brackets within other doorways or stairwells. Screw fit stair gates are versatile, simple to release and transfer to other locations in the home, provide the ultimate safety and security for young families and pets and come available in wood metal or mesh in a range of sizes to suit doorways large and small.
Once your baby starts to become mobile, ensuring they can only crawl and toddle within safe areas of your home becomes a priority. Your inquisitive little ones will appear to have an inbuilt sat nav directing them to all the high-risk places such as kitchens and stairwells or maybe through the cat flap to explore the great outdoors! Even the most alert and hands on parent/carer will at times need to attend to more than one thing at once, and times of distraction are often when accidents happen in the home.
A safety gate provides the ideal solution by creating a protective barrier between child and potential hazards, whilst still giving the space to learn through exploration of the remaining child friendly environment. They allow the adult to continue to pay attention to their child when they also need to carry out a task at the same time as supervising, by reducing the risk of harm or accident. For example, a parent can be cooking in the kitchen and singing nursery rhymes, whilst their child is joining in on the other side of the safety barrier out of reach of hot stoves, sharp knives and the odd dropped chilli pepper.
It is worth planning the positioning of your baby safety gate well in advance of needing it. In this way, you can carry out thorough research on the type of gate that best suits the chosen location, match it to your décor even, and install it before your baby crawls. This gives family and visitors time to practice using it because it is notable that many accidents involving safety barriers are due to the user not ensuring the gate is properly closed. This is also the ideal opportunity to include any older siblings in the care of their little brother or sister by educating them on how to operate the gate safely and the importance of keeping the gate shut. Some gates have a colour indicator which shows green or red, depending on whether the gate has been shut properly – a simple feature which assists children as well as adults to operate the gate safely.
Most families opt to purchase at least 2 stair gates, and this is to protect their child from falling down the stairs. Safetots would only ever recommend a screw fit gate at the top of the stairwell with the door opening away from the stair treads. No other type of gate provides the same level of security on impact should your toddler accidentally run into it during a fun game of chase for example. These gates are secured into position using screw fixings into a wall or woodwork and have no trip bar at the base when the door is opened. As there is no danger of falling at the bottom of the stairs and the gate’s purpose here is to stop a child climbing up the treads, the gate chosen for this position may be any style including pressure fit gates which do not require a permanent fixing.
When installing a gate on a staircase make sure that surfaces for any assembly fixings are secure and in good repair. General stair safety would include repair of unstable bannister rails or spindles and ensuring any floor coverings are in good condition, non-slip and clutter free. If your staircase has spindles, it is advisable to think about the size of gap in between them and whether your child could squeeze through – many parents or carers choose to board them in during these early years as an extra precaution. As your crawler develops into a toddler, start to teach them how to walk up and down the stairs in a safe manner – safe would include using a bannister rail if there is one, walking slowly and holding an adult’s hand, and not carrying anything in their hands. As an adult, remember to use the stairs in this way as your child will learn through observation, and when carrying a child on a stairwell, always have one hand on a bannister rail or secure surface to help avoid tripping.
Common areas to position further gates would be entrances to kitchens and other rooms with heat sources such as an open fire or log burner. Some people select gates with an optional stay open feature for lounge areas as this doorway tends to be a high traffic area, whilst gates with an auto close feature are very suited to kitchens which most parents/carers would wish to permanently restrict access to. Many families also choose to place a safety barrier across the doorway of the child’s bedroom to create a safe space for them whilst baths are being run or nap time is being taken for instance. Retractable gates are a popular choice here as they can be neatly tucked away when not in use.
Having selected the right safety gate for your needs, there are some general safety aspects to consider.
The safety standard EN1930:2011 gives the following important warnings:
“WARNING – Read the instructions before installation as incorrect installation can be dangerous”.
“WARNING – This safety barrier must not be fitted across windows”.
In addition, if the safety barrier requires wall cups (pressure fitted gates): WARNING – Never use without wall cups.
Children’s safety barriers are designed and tested for domestic use only, being suitable for children up to the age of 24 months.
Fit your gate in a strong and secure opening and ensure the surfaces are dry, solid and clean. Safetots recommends the use of appropriate types of fixings depending on the surface available: wooden screws for wooden surface, multi-use plug and concrete screw for concrete surface, plasterboard wall plug and screw for plasterboard surface, metal screw for metal surface
Safetots recommends that the space around the gate’s location is checked for anything which could be used to assist climbing; nappy boxes make great steps for example and your tot will quickly get them stacked against the gate ready for their grand adventure. As tempting as it may be to dangle and tie toys to the bars of the safety barrier to stimulate play, these pose strangulation and entrapment dangers, and nothing should ever be attached to the gates that is not part of the assembly fittings. Finally, even the most securely installed gate is going to take some bashing in the general course of home life. Safetots recommends that all gates installed, and surrounding surfaces, are routinely checked for any damage, loose fittings, and that the open/close mechanism is sound. Damaged gates should be replaced.
All Safetots’ safety barriers designed for children up to the age of 24 months have been tested and comply with the safety standard EN 1930:2011 when fitted in accordance with the instructions.
When buying a product to help keep your child out of harm’s way, Safetots believe it is worth investing in one that has been tested to a professionally approved level of safety using rigorous testing methods.
For this reason and where applicable, our products are tested to a British Standards Institution (BSI) standard and/or equivalent international standard. Each standard that our products complies with has been drawn up by a group of experts in the field. Not only do they have extensive knowledge about their product and credibility in the child safety product industry, they are also fully aware of the potential hazards posed by poor quality items being used in the home where children are involved.
The British and European Standard for safety barriers is BS EN 1930:2011. You can be reassured that all Safetots’ safety gates designed for use with babies and toddlers up to age 2 comply with this standard and are retested whenever design upgrades are made, or components changed.
The title of the safety standard, EN 1930:2011 will be marked on your purchased safety barrier next to Safetots’ contact details.
What types of tests are carried out and why?
The tests carried out are designed to mimic the actions of a small child exploring a gate and its surroundings. For example, a child left to explore would attempt to climb over, through or under it, stick their fingers, arms, legs, head and toys through it, push and pull it very vigorously. Budding musicians will give it a good bash with anything to hand to make a great noise and next generation’s engineers will focus on prying apart the opening mechanism. Some children will use it as a teething aid by biting or mouthing it and all would probably love to hang onto the swinging part of the gate for a ride if given the opportunity.
The standard includes tests to check for parts of the gate which could be used as a foothold to assist climbing, finger and limb entrapment risks and stability of the gate when rattled for a lengthy period. The resilience of the opening/closing mechanism is tested, as is the durability of any paints or varnishes that the barrier has been coated in (and the safety of the chemicals within these). In short, every effort has been made to ensure that a gate complying with EN 1930:2011 will be a safe and hazard free product.