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Kids pyjama safety & fire risk labels

 
Not all kids pyjamas are created equal! When it comes to buying kids pyjamas there are so many great colours and designs to choose from these days, but make sure you check the fire risk label inside them too. Understanding the meaning of the fire risk labels is so important when it comes to kids safety, particularly in winter when fires are lit and heaters are on.
Not all kids pyjamas are created equal!

When it comes to buying kids pyjamas there are so many great colours and designs to choose from these days, but make sure you check the fire risk label inside them too.

U
nderstanding the meaning of the fire risk labels is so important when it comes to kids safety, particularly in winter when fires are lit and heaters are on.
 

Kids pyjama safety & fire risk labels

 

Understanding the meaning of fire risk labels


it is compulsory for all pyjamas and nightwear bought in New Zealand to have a fire risk label, whether they’re made here or not.

The labels come in 3 colours - red, orange and white and each label colour carries a different meaning.

The labels cover 4 categories which relate to the flame propagation properties of the fabric the pyjamas are made from.

Kids pyjamas and nightwear that fits their bodies closely also reduces the risk of them catching fire.
 
Fire risk category 1

WARNING: Low Fire Danger

Pyjamas and clothing in fire risk category 1 have a white label and are made from fabrics with low flame propagation.

White labelled garments mean that the fire risk is lower than in other garments, but it doesn’t mean that there is no fire risk at all.

It just means that the fabric either burns more slowly (ie polyester doesn’t burn as quickly as cotton) or the garment is designed to be snug-fitting to reduce the likelihood of loose sleeves and pants brushing against fires or heaters.

Fire risk category 1 pyjamas are often made from synthetic fibres and have had a flame retardant added during the manufacturing process.
 
Fire risk categories 2 & 3

WARNING: Caution. Not heat or flame resistant. Wear snug-fitting to reduce risk.

Pyjamas and clothing in fire risk categories 2 and 3 have an orange label and a warning to choose a close-fitting garment size for your child.

Fire risk category 2 is assigned to close-fitting clothes and pyjamas which are less likely to catch fire and if they do, the spread of the flame is reduced by the way in which they are designed.
 
Fire risk category 3 pyjamas include all-in-one style pyjamas made from knitted fabrics in sizes 00 to 2 years.
 
Fire risk category 4

WARNING: High fire danger. Keep away from fire.

Pyjamas and clothing in fire risk category 4 have a red label and are highly flammable.

The red label indicates that the garment is a high fire risk and made from a fabric that burns quickly, such as cotton, silk and linen.

Pyjamas carrying a red label are more suitable for the warmer months when you’re less likely to be using a fire or heater.
 

Heater Metre Rule


All clothing fabrics will burn eventually, some quicker than others, so limit the chances of your kids getting too close to a fire or heater by keeping them at least 1 metre away from any heat source.

A fireguard will significantly reduce the risk of them getting burnt and their clothes setting on light.

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