If the hooks of the cord are exposed metal and you are worried about a kid getting hurt, you can wrap the exposed ends with some duct tape at this poi...
Not all baby/pet gates come with a stay-open feature and the ones that do don't always work that well. It's a pain when the kid is napping and you're going back and forth carrying laundry and dishes. Anyway, here is a simple way to hack your auto-close baby gate to stay open when you want it too.
Find a standard auto close baby gate that annoys you daily.