I have built some internal gates in my home to restrict that areas my
dog gets to. Not having rug rats any longer, and using the gates only
in my own home, I designed a Chinese Chippendale looking gate with no
concern about the opening size. But a few people have asked for
copies, and I'm wondering what safety concerns there may be for kids
getting their heads stuck in the openings.
I can't find any publications on the CPSC web site, other than crib
slat spacing (2-3/8") or bunk beds (3-1/2"). But aren't there some
more general architectural safety guidelines I should follow?
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Try the building codes for railings and such. Gates should not be any
different than the maximum allowed there. If you are concerned about
spacing, electrify them and the kids will soon learn to stay away and
spacing won't be a factor.
I was going throught the latest posts of the group, soaking up all the
knowledge I could and completely in a woodworking mindset when I came
across your post (above). It caught me so off gaurd, I nearly fell of
my chair, laughing. The family had to come see what the hell was SO
Thanks for a great chuckle,
The Consumer Product Safety Commission publishes guidelines (not
regulations) for playground equipment. I think they would apply in
concept anyway. They state that any openings should be less than 3 1/2
inches or more than 8 inches across the smaller dimension. The idea is
that a small child's body will fit through a slot his head won't pass
through. The slot needs to be narrow enough to keep his body out or
big enough to pass the head through easily. In the case of a gate, I
guess you'd want openings less than 3 1/2 inches wide. You can find
the CPSC guidelines here:
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