To help prevent injury, there are safety standards in place for some products. There are also information standards for some products to help you make informed decisions when purchasing and caring for a product.
There is a product safety standard for baby walkers to help reduce the risk of children getting hurt when using one. This is because baby walkers allow children to move around faster and further and in different ways than they are able to on their own.
Children may be injured if their nightwear accidentally catches on fire. When buying nightwear for children, look for snug fitting items and low fire hazard fabrics. This reduces the chance of the nightwear catching fire.
In New Zealand, children’s nightwear that is covered by the Product Safety Standard must carry a fire hazard label. This includes new and second-hand children’s nightwear and some daywear (sizes 00–14). The label reminds caregivers to keep children away from heat and flame sources .
Children under the age of 36 months are less able to cough up anything they swallow by accident and may choke. To reduce the risk of children choking while playing with a toy, children’s toys must be of a specified size, and not contain small parts designed to be removed from the toy or small pieces that break off easily. In general the Product Safety Standard for Children's Toys applies to toys with characteristics that will appeal to a child up to 36 months of age.
Lighters that are unsafe, do not work properly or are used incorrectly, particularly by children, may cause accidental fires and injuries.
To reduce the risk of accidental fires, cigarette lighters must meet certain performance, design and labelling standards. Lighters must be designed to ensure most children would not be able to operate them.
Babies and young children may be injured in an unsafe cot.
To help reduce the risk of injury to babies and young children, household cots must meet certain design and construction requirements, pass impact, strength and durability tests and have warning labels attached.
Consumer information standards help you make informed decisions when purchasing and caring for products. They require traders to disclosure certain information about goods and services when they offer them for sale.