The following gates are great options for pet owners but are also certified by JPMA. Certification relates to quality safety and function. The certification seal on a product conveys that the item has been verified as conforming to the requirements established by ASTM through independent laboratory testing and follow up on the site inspection of the manufacturer's production line. Often customers are looking for gates that function not only for their pets but are also convenient for use with small children and toddlers. These gates are dual purpose; suitable for either situation.
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Pet Gate vs. Baby Gate
At times pet owners will purchase a pet gate and automatically feel it's fine for child use or with a baby. This in fact is not true. There are certain guidelines that any type of gate has meet to be considered safe. When looking for safe child gates you'll want to look for products that have been certified by the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Associate (JPMA). JPMA is a nation trade organization that represents 250 companies in the world who manufacture or distribute infant products such as cribs, car seats and gates. There are certain characteristics that make a gate child safe.
There will be no completely free standing pet gate that will be approved for child use. Any freestanding gate is considered for pet use only and any child strong enough can easy move or knock the gate over. There are a lot of instances were a freestanding gate doesn't work for the pet either because they also will tend to knock it over or move it out of the way. IN most cases if you're looking to install any gate with a child in the home you should always lean towards hardware mounted gate. It will provide the greatest strength and stability while accommodating your pet and child. Child gates always have a safety latch feature that makes it difficult for a child to unlock, but easy for an adult to unlock.
Pet gates don't have any real standards. Some pet gates are very small standing only 20 inches high, other ones can be purchased at 40 inches tall. When purchasing a pet gate you need to purchase a gate that will fit your type of pet as well as the situation you're purchasing it for. For example, if you're looking to block off a huge open area with a gate, a pressure mounted gate probably will not successfully accomplish this. You'll probably be looking for a freestanding gate. If you're looking for a gate that has strength but can permanent or temporary a pressure mounted gate might be the answer for you as well. Some pressure mounted gates come with optional hardware to make them a permanent install. When purchasing any gate it's always best to call the manufacturer to get the exact information you need.