In December of 2010, the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) approved new crib safety standards. As of June 28, 2011, all new cribs manufactured, sold or resold were required to meet the new safety standards. Existing cribs are expected to comply with the new requirements by December 28, 2012.
Does my church need to comply with the new crib safety requirements?
- If your church owns or operates a daycare or childcare in which they pay childcare employees and are fee-based, they would be required to comply with the new crib safety standards.
- If your church operates a volunteer-based, free childcare service (like those held during Sunday services) they would not be required to comply with the new crib safety standards. However, it is strongly encouraged!
*The above information has been obtained at http://www.cpsc.gov/info/cribs/cribrules.html. Please visit the website for more details.
What are the specific requirements needed to comply with the new standards?
- Traditional drop-side cribs cannot be made or sold; immobilizers and repair kits are not allowed
- Wood slats must be made of stronger woods to prevent breakage
- Crib hardware must have anti-loosening devices to keep it from coming loose or falling off
- Mattress supports must be more durable
- Safety testing must be more rigorous
* The above information has been directly obtained at http://www.cpsc.gov/nsn/cribrules.pdf. Please visit the website for more details.
Please take a moment to inspect the cribs in your nursery, daycare or preschool before the December 2012 deadline. Do they meet the new federal requirements? If not, now is a great time to make the necessary safety improvements.
We encourage you to visit the following links to learn more about the US Consumer Product Safety Commission crib safety requirements.
New Federal Requirements: