The US Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) has issued a Final Rule that establishes a new safety standard for expansion gates and enclosures for young children.
Published on July 6, 2020, the standard defines:
Expansion gates barrier intended to be erected in an opening, such as a doorway, to prevent the passage of young children, but which can be removed by older persons who are able to operate the locking mechanism
Expansion enclosures self-supporting barrier intended to completely surround an area or play-space. within which a young child may be confined
Final Rule 16 CFR 1239 incorporates the latest version of ASTM F1004-19, Standard Consumer Safety Specification for Expansion Gates and Expandable Enclosures, with modifications.
These modifications are:
Changed the conspicuous definition in section 3.1.3
Added visual side-pressure indicator and side pressure definitions (sections 3.1.16 and 3.1.17)
Added section 6.8, performance requirements for visual side-pressure indicators
Changed section 220.127.116.11, horizontal push-out test procedure
Changed Note 11 regarding address verbiage in section 8.5
Excluded section 8.5.3, requirement regarding wall cups or other hardware to meet section 6.3.1 requirements
Added section 8.5.8, warning statement requirements for pressure-mounted gates that provide wall cups or other mounting hardware to meet section 6.3 requirements
Added section 9.5, instructional literature requirements for pressure-mounted gates with visual side-pressure indicators
Added section X18.104.22.168, rationale for visual side-pressure indicators requirement in 6.8
The new safety standards for expansion gates and expandable enclosures will come into effect on July 6, 2021.
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