Installation Instructions for the Kidco Safeway Gate


The Kidco Safeway gate is a children's safety gate that can be installed at the top or bottom of a stairway or in a doorway. Unlike portable safety gates, the Safeway comes with installation hardware that attaches the gate to the wall with hinges. The gate then swings open and latches closed. The Kidco Safeway gate is more secure than a traditional plastic toddler gate.

Things You'll Need

  • Pencil
  • 2 wood screws
  • Electric drill
  • Wrench
  • Scissors
  • Hold the hinge mounting template against the wall where you will be attaching the hinge of the gate. The portion of the template with a down-pointing arrow should be on an even level with the flooring. Use a pencil to mark the screw holes in the template. Repeat with the lock mounting template on the opposite wall.

  • Hold one hinge bottom against one of the two bottom holes you marked with the hinge template. Use an electric drill to screw a wood screw into the hole in the bottom of the hinge. Place the second hinge bottom on the second bottom hole you marked and secure it to the wall with a wood screw and the drill.

  • Set the gate section with six bars upright. Screw one hinge spindle into the top railing until it is hand-tightened. Do not tighten it all the way. Screw the second hinge spindle into the bottom railing so it is even with the spindle on the top railing. Set the gate section aside.

  • Set the gate section with seven bars upright. Screw the two latch spindles into the top and bottom railing. Do not tighten all the way.

  • Hold the locking bracket against the two bottom marks you made with the locking template. The bracket's opening side needs to face away from the stairs, in the direction in which the gate will swing. Use the drill to screw two wood screws into the two holes in the bracket, securing it to the wall. Slide the lock latch into the bracket.

  • Insert the stop pin behind the latch in the locking bracket. Secure the locking bracket by screwing it into place over the top two holes of the latch template.

  • Hold the two gate sections together, with the hinge spindles facing the hinges on the wall and the latch spindles facing the latch bracket. Adjust the gate sections by overlapping them until the combined width fits your stairwell or doorway. The holes on the tops of the gate sections will overlap.

  • Insert an expansion screw through the overlapping holes that are closest to the hinge spindles. Push a screw socket up on the end of the expansion screw to secure it. Repeat in the hole nearest the latch spindles. Use the drill to tighten the screws.

  • Hold the gate in place in the doorway or at the top of the stairs. Lower the bottom hinge spindle into the hinge bracket. Lower the bottom latch into the bracket. Adjust the top latch spindle so it clicks into the top latch bracket when you close the gate.

  • Place the top hinge in place over the top markings and screw it in securely, but don't tighten the screws all the way. Put a screw over the posts of each hinge, then push the hinge cap into place over the screw. Tighten the two top screws.

  • Remove the top latch spindle. Cut the protective cover to size and slip it over the spindle. Replace the spindle. Tighten the nuts on all four spindles with the wrench.

Tips & Warnings

  • The manufacturer says the gate is intended only for children from six to 36 months of age.

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