On February 11, 2021, ASTM published new Standard (ASTM F3492-21) a consumer safety specification that covers child safety locks and latches for use with cabinet doors and drawers.
A child safety lock/latch within the scope of this standard is a lock/latch that is installed to the interior of a cabinet door and drawer. It is designed to help prevent children under the age of 48 months from accessing the contents within the cabinet or drawer.
This consumer safety specification covers safety requirements, test methods, and marking/labeling requirements.
A total of 30 samples are tested to measure the breaking strength of the lock/latch. In order to meet the requirements of the standard, an average breaking strength of 45.3 lbs or greater must be achieved when tested, per the requirements of this standard.
Child safety locks and latch devices that are not covered under this specification include:
- Devices installed on the exterior of a cabinet door or drawer
- Devices requiring installation by professionals, or that are an integral part of the cabinet door or drawer system
- Child safety locks, latches and straps intended for use on furniture or appliances as anchoring devices to prevent tip over
A copy of the ASTM F3492-21 standard can be purchased at: ASTM International >
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The effective date will be six months from the date of publication within the Federal Register.
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