Standard Consumer Safety Specification for Portable Bed Rails
1.1 This consumer safety specification establishes requirements for the performance of portable bed rails. It also contains requirements for labeling and instructional literature. This consumer safety specification does not cover guardrails that fall under the scope of Consumer Safety Specification F1821 or guardrails that are designed for a specific model of bed and which attaches at the headboard or footboard.
1.2 This consumer safety specification is intended to minimize hazards to children resulting from normal use and reasonably foreseeable misuse of portable bed rails.
1.3 For the purpose of this consumer safety specification, a portable bed rail is a device intended to be installed on an adult bed to prevent children from falling out of bed. These bed rails are intended for children who can get in and out of an adult bed unassisted (typically from 2 to 5 years of age).
1.4 No bed rail as defined in 3.1.1 that is produced after the approval date of this consumer safety specification shall, either by label or other means, indicate compliance with this specification unless it conforms to all the requirements contained herein.
1.5 This consumer safety specification includes the following sections:
Calibration and Standardization
Openings Created by Bed Rail Displacement of Adjacent Style Portable Bed Rails
Openings Created by Displacement of Mattress-Top Portable Bed Rails
Openings Created by Displacement of Portable Bed Rails Intended for Use on Specific Manufacturers' Beds
Openings Between Bedposts (Headboard, Footboards, Etc.) and Ends of Portable Bed Rail
Bedrail components requiring consumer assembly
Test Method for Structural Integrity
Test Method for Enclosed Openings Within Portable Bed Rail
Test Method for Displacement of Adjacent Style Portable Bed Rails
Test Method for Displacement of "Mattress-Top" Style Portable Bed Rails
Test Method for Portable Bed Rails Intended for Use on a Specific Manufacturer’s Bed
Test Method for Entanglement on Protrusions
Marking and Labeling
Permanency of Labels and Warnings
1.6 The values stated in inch-pound units are to be regarded as standard. The values given in parentheses are mathematical conversions to SI units that are provided for information only and are not considered standard.
1.7 The following precautionary caveat pertains only to the test methods portion in Section 8 of this specification. This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety, health, and environmental practices and determine the applicability of regulatory requirements prior to use.
1.8 This international standard was developed in accordance with internationally recognized principles on standardization established in the Decision on Principles for the Development of International Standards, Guides and Recommendations issued by the World Trade Organization Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) Committee.
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