Children may be injured if their nightwear accidentally catches on fire. To help prevent injuries, all new and used clothing suitable for children to wear as nightwear must be made of fabric less likely to burn or to have a fire hazard information label.
Clothing made from fabrics that are too highly flammable must not be supplied.
What is the product safety standard for children's nightwear?
Product Safety Standard (Children’s Nightwear and Limited Daywear Having Reduced Fire Hazard) Regulations 2016 (Regulations) sets safety standard.
AS/NZS 1249:2014 Children’s nightwear and limited daywear having reduced fire hazard is the official product safety standard that suppliers of children's nightwear must comply with.
What is considered 'children's nightwear'?
- nightdresses and nighties
- some all-in-ones
- dressing gowns
- loose style boxer shorts
- infant sleepbags with sleeves or arm openings.
What are the rules?
- be on the inside back neck of a top or one-piece garment or, in pants, at the waist, waistband or top of the back seam (all pieces of a set should be labelled)
- have fire hazard and size information clearly visible on the face side of the label
- be permanently fixed on the nightwear, so it is unlikely to come off.
What do the labels look like?
- cellulose (cotton, bamboo, linen, cupro, modal, viscose, rayon)
- acetate, or
- acrylic rich
Who do the rules apply to?
- manufacturers, importers and distributors who supply new children's nightwear to retailers
- retailers who sell new or used children's nightwear instore or online
- individuals who offer second-hand children's nightwear for sale at markets or online.