New Mandatory Safety Standard for Gates and Enclosures
The Consumer Product Safety Commission has issued a final rule establishing a new mandatory safety standard for gates and enclosures. Stated to enter into force July 6, 2021, this standard incorporates by reference with no modifications ASTM F1004-19, Standard Consumer Safety Specification for Expansion Gates and Expandable Enclosures. The CPSC has also amended its regulations for third-party conformity assessment bodies to include this safety standard in the list of notices of requirements.
ASTM F1004–19 defines expansion gates as barriers 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. This standard also defines expandable enclosures as self-supporting barriers intended to completely surround an area or play-space within which a young child may be confined. This final rule addresses all children’s gates and enclosures intended for confining a child, including non-expandable, fixed-sized gates and enclosures.