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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.