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ASTM Issues Standard for Expansion Gates and Expandable Enclosures

August 11, 2016

ASTM International has issued F1004  16b Standard Consumer Safety Specification for Expansion Gates and Expandable Enclosures.

Updates to the standard include:

  • New definitions for automatic closing system, egress panel, hold open mechanism, and pressure mounted gate
  • Additional requirements for toy accessories not to be sold with a gate, and for toy accessories sold with an enclosure to meet ASTM F963
  • Clarification about the applicable gaps added to the completely bounded openings requirement
  • Clarification of the vertical strength requirement
  • Clarification of the bottom spacing requirement
  • Provisions added to latching/locking and hinge mechanism requirements for units with egress panels and automatic closing systems
  • Provisions added to the vertical strength test for gates without a single top rail or edge
  • Clarification of the vertical strength test for enclosures about how to test an odd number of joints
  • Changes made to test procedure for the completely bounded openings and bottom spacing test
  • New latching/locking and hinge mechanism durability test
  • New automatic closing system test
  • Additional instruction manual information required

This standard applies to:

  • 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 who are able to operate the locking mechanism; and
  • Self-supporting barriers intended to completely surround an area or play-space within which a young child may be confined.

The standard was published on August 4, 2016.

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