Parents Can Help Prevent Burns by Putting
Kids in Snug-fitting or Flame- resistant Sleepwear
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) urges parents to make sure
the sleepwear they purchase for children is either flame-resistant or snug-
fitting to reduce the risk of burns. Loose-fitting T-shirts and other
loose-fitting clothing made of cotton or cotton blends should not be used for
children's sleepwear, because they can catch fire easily and burn rapidly. Burns
often occur when children, who are dressed for bed, play with fire (matches,
lighters, candles, burners on stoves) just before bedtime and just after rising
in the morning.
"Snug-fitting cotton and flame-resistant sleepwear are the safest
choices for children's sleepwear," said Chairman Hal Stratton.
"T-shirts and other loose fitting clothing can catch fire more easily, and
cause serious burn injuries. Parents can identify snug-fitting sleepwear at the
store by yellow tags attached to the garment."
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.
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 requires hang tags and permanent labels on snug-fitting
children's sleepwear, made of non-flame-resistant fabrics, to remind consumers
that because the garment is not flame-resistant, it must fit snugly for safety.
The 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.
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