The Product Safety Standards (Children’s Nightwear & Limited Daywear Having Reduced Fire Hazard) Regulations 2016

On 16 March 2016 the Product Safety Standards (Children’s Nightwear & Limited Daywear Having Reduced Fire Hazard) Regulations 2016 (2016 Regulations) were notified in the New Zealand Gazette. The 2016 Regulations come into force 28 days later – on 13 April 2016 – replacing the 2008 regulations.

Please note the following:

All clothing and fabric will burn, and around heaters or fires, you need to be extra careful about the safety of your children’s nightwear.

The basics

Before you buy children’s nightwear, please consider:

All clothing and fabrics will burn. Some may burn at a slower rate than others but all fabric will eventually burn.

Buy nightwear that fits snugly.

Buy nightwear which is snug fitting whenever possible. Nightwear which fits snugly to the body reduces the risk of catching fire compared with baggy, loose nightwear.

It’s important to get the right size for your child. Don’t buy garments for your child to “grow into” as this may mean they aren’t as snug fitting as the manufacturer intended.

Remember too that any hand-me-downs you get for your child must fit snugly before you dress your child in them. If you get hand-me-downs that are a couple of sizes too big, wait until they’ve grown enough to fit into them. As we know – it won’t take long.

Pay attention to the fire danger labels.

There are now two labels for children’s nightwear:

Low fire danger label

This means that the garment is a lower fire risk. This doesn’t mean that there is no fire risk.  Even ‘low fire danger’ can still catch fire if the child is too close.

High fire risk label

This means that the garment is a higher fire risk.

These garments generally contain some form of synthetic fabric or are made from a more flammable natural fabric.

Also looser fitting garments that are more likely to drag or hang loosely will be rated High Fire danger – such as dressing gowns, bath robes and nighties.

Wearing children’s nightwear safely

Pay attention to the labels on the nightwear. Making sure children stay at least one metre away from any heat source such as a heater or open fire could reduce their risk of injury or death from a fire hazard.

Be aware that if a child is wearing high fire danger nightwear they should stay far away from the fire or heater.

But even a ‘low danger’ label doesn’t mean there is no danger. A low fire danger label does not mean NO fire danger, as all fibres will burn. Even ‘low fire danger’ can still catch fire if the child is too close.

We recommend buying your children’s sleepwear close fitting in the correct size.

Sleeping bags are also covered by the product safety standard, and will have one of the above labels. We strongly recommend taking off your child’s sleeping bag when you take them out of their cot.