We assemble and install each gate or barrier according to the supplied instructions and look for a range of potential hazards:
- Gaps and moving parts that might trap fingers, limbs or heads.
- Climbing footholds.
- Detachable small parts that could be a choking hazard.
- The strength of the gate and its attachment to the doorway.
- Sharp corners, edges and points.
- Projections or openings that could entangle clothing and lead to strangulation.
In the absence of an Australian Standard, there are two international standards for safety gates: the European EN1930 and the American ASTM F1004. Certification to either of these standards is certainly worth looking for.
Note: The gaps between the sides of the safety gate and the door frame (or walls of a passageway) are installation-dependent; that is, they can vary depending on the width of the door opening. Therefore, we don't test these gaps for entrapment hazards. When installing a gate or barrier, make sure the gap between the gate and the door frame is as small as possible.