There's no Australian Standard for bed rails so we've developed a set of safety requirements and test procedures based on the British Standard BS 7972:2001+A1:2009 – Safety requirements and test methods for children's bed guards for domestic use.
We assess each bed rail for:
- Construction We look for sharp or protruding parts, gaps, finger traps, cords and snag points. We assess the folding and locking mechanisms where applicable and how securely attached the bed rail is. We inspect the length and height to make sure it adequately covers where a child may fall.
- Information requirements We check that each bed rail is labelled correctly with any applicable warning statements. It's important to check for information that tells you if the bed rail is suitable for your bed. Any failures to information requirements are considered very minor and don't affect our overall rating.
- Instructions for use We check if each bed rail has a set of instructions and how useful they are.
We also check for breathability, integrity of assembly and horizontal strength.
NB: An ensemble bed with a 180mm-thick mattress was used as the test bed.