Safety Standard Proposed for Gates and Enclosures
The Consumer Product Safety Commission is accepting comments through Sept. 23 on its proposal to issue a mandatory safety standard for gates and enclosures. If this standard is finalized it will also be a children's product safety rule that requires the issuance of a notice of requirements to explain how laboratories can become accredited as third-party conformity assessment bodies to test products to the new standard.
The proposed standard is based on voluntary standard ASTM F1004-19, Standard Consumer Safety Specification for Expansion Gates and Expandable Enclosures. As defined by that standard, an expansion gate is a barrier intended to be erected in an opening, such as a doorway, to prevent the passage of young children, but that can be removed by older persons able to operate the locking mechanism. That standard also defines an expandable enclosure as a self-supporting barrier intended to completely surround an area or play-space within which a young child may be confined. These products are intended for young children aged 6 months through 24 months.