Safety barriers

Safety barriers can help keep kids safe, but they can also pose safety risks if they're poor quality or used incorrectly.

The basics

When buying a safety barrier, look for:

  • information indicating compliance with a British Standard (BS), American Standard (ASTM or CFR), European Standard (EN) or Australian/New Zealand Standard (AS/NZS)
  • manufacturer's instructions for installation and use
  • edges that are smooth and rounded
  • spaces between the vertical bars in the barrier that are between 50mm and 85mm wide
  • height of at least 750mm from the floor
  • features that could provide footholds — such as locks and horizontal bars — your child could use these to climb out.

Using safety barriers

  • Fit the barrier strictly to manufacturer's instructions.
  • Make sure it is held securely in the doorway or passage.
  • Check regularly that it's firmly in position.
  • Be alert — even if you have safety barriers.

Remember that:

  • Children can get stuck in gaps — gaps 30-50mm can trap arms and legs and gaps between 85mm-95mm can trap a baby's head.
  • Kids can climb over and fall if the barrier is too low or has horizontal bars.

Reporting an issue with a safety barrier

If you have a safety problem or concern with a safety barrier, let us know.

Report an unsafe product

Under the Consumer Guarantees Act you can get a refund, replacement or compensation if goods are unsafe. The Consumer Protection website has more information about what to do when you have a problem with goods.

Consumer Protection website — Faulty products(external link)