June 25, 2000
New Labels on Children's Sleepwear Alert Parents to Fire Dangers
Prevent burn injuries by
wearing snug-fitting or flame-resistant garments
Washington DC (SafetyAlerts) To prevent burn injuries,
the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) urges parents to make sure their
children's sleepwear is either flame-resistant or snug-fitting. Loose-fitting T-shirts and
other loose-fitting clothing made of cotton or cotton blends should not be used for
children's sleepwear. These garments can catch fire easily, burn rapidly, and are
associated with nearly 300 emergency-room-treated burn injuries to children each year.
Children are most at risk from burn injuries that result from playing with fire (matches,
lighters, candles, burners on stoves) just before bedtime and just after rising in the
As of June 28, 2000, CPSC will require hangtags and permanent labels on snug-fitting
children's sleepwear, made of cotton or cotton blends, to remind consumers that because
the garment is not flame-resistant, it must fit snugly for safety. The new yellow hangtag
for snug-fitting garments says: "For child's safety, garment should fit snugly. This
garment is not flame resistant. Loose-fitting garment is more likely to catch fire."
The permanent label says "Wear snug-fitting. Not flame resistant" and is sewn
into the neck of the garment. Parents should look for tags that say the garment is
flame-resistant or snug-fitting.
Flame-resistant garments are made from inherently flame-resistant fabrics or are treated
with flame retardants and do not continue to burn when removed from a small flame.
Snug-fitting sleepwear is made of stretchy cotton or cotton blends that fit closely
against a child's body. Snug-fitting sleepwear is less likely than loose T-shirts to come
into contact with a flame and does not ignite as easily or burn as rapidly because there
is little air under the garment to feed a fire.
CPSC Vice Chairman Thomas Moore said, "It's safer to put your children in
flame-resistant or snug-fitting sleepwear, not in other types of loose-fitting cotton or
cotton-blend garments." Describing the new CPSC labels, Moore added, "Look for
the new yellow hangtags. They tell you that the garment should fit snugly and they warn
that a loose-fitting garment is more likely to catch fire."
CPSC sets national safety standards for children's sleepwear flammability. These standards
protect children from serious burn injuries if they come in contact with a small flame.
Under federal safety rules, garments sold as children's sleepwear for sizes larger than
nine months must be either flame-resistant or snug-fitting.
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