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Baby Monitor Standard approved by ASTM committee.

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June 15, 2012 - ASTM F2951, Consumer Safety Specification for Baby Monitors, was developed by Subcommittee F15.68 on Baby Monitors in response U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission report concerning 7 deaths that have resulted from infants strangling in monitor cords when they had been placed too close to crib. According to F15.68 chairman Anthony Paolo, "All cords must now be labeled with a conspicuous strangulation hazard warning label" and stipulates cords should be mounted 3+ ft away from crib.

ASTM International - West Conshohocken, PA

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Standard for Baby Monitors Approved by ASTM Consumer Products Committee

Press release date: June 11, 2012

W. CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa.-ASTM International has published a new standard, ASTM F2951, Consumer Safety Specification for Baby Monitors, in response to a report from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission that seven deaths have resulted from infants strangling in monitor cords when the cord has been placed too close to a crib. ASTM F2951 was developed by Subcommittee F15.68 on Baby Monitors, part of ASTM International Committee F15 on Consumer Products. According to F15.68 chairman Anthony Paolo, audio, video and motion monitor manufacturers, as well as retailers and consumers, will all benefit from ASTM F2951. "All cords must now be labeled with a conspicuous strangulation hazard warning label to remind caregivers that children have strangled in cords and to mount the cord more than three feet away from the crib," says Paolo, vice president, corporate quality, Summer Infant Inc. Paolo believes that the subcommittee considers ASTM F2951 "a baseline standard that can be built on for years to come." The ASTM F2951 task group is formulating further requirements to be added to the standard in future revisions. All interested parties are invited to join in the ongoing process. To purchase ASTM standards, visit www.astm.org and search by the standard designation, or contact ASTM Customer Relations (phone: 877-909-ASTM; sales@astm.org). ASTM International welcomes participation in the development of its standards. For more information on becoming an ASTM member, visit www.astm.org/JOIN. ASTM International is one of the largest international standards development and delivery systems in the world. ASTM International meets the World Trade Organization (WTO) principles for the development of international standards: coherence, consensus, development dimension, effectiveness, impartiality, openness, relevance and transparency. ASTM standards are accepted and used in research and development, product testing, quality systems and commercial transactions. For more news in this sector, visit www.astm.org/sn-consumer or follow us on Twitter @ASTMProductsRec. ASTM Committee F15 Next Meeting: Oct. 22-26, 2012, Juvenile Products Subcommittees, ASTM Headquarters, West Conshohocken, PA. Technical Contact: Anthony Paolo, Summer Infant Inc., Woonsocket, R.I., Phone: 401-671-6589; tpaolo@summerinfant.com ASTM Staff Contact: Leonard Morrissey, Phone: 610-832-9719; lmorrissey@astm.org ASTM PR Contact: Barbara Schindler, Phone: 610-832-9603; bschindl@astm.org

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