Great question! It’s certainly a concern to see the amount of children’s pyjama recalls coming through.
In today’s tweet, we were referring to the first safety standard legislation that went through in 1977 (due to 9 years of Choice’s hard work) which banned nightwear made from chenille and molleton. At the time ‘Children’s nightwear made from flannelette, winceyette, cotton and brushed rayon (unless of a close-fitting design) will also be banned from sale in NSW shortly.’
As well as fabric, the design of long, loose-fitting nightgowns or nighties was problematic as they effectively acted as a chimney, funnelling the flames rapidly upwards. You can see this in our 1967 test, (terrifyingly) the entire nightie was alight within 90 seconds.
Although highly flammable fabrics have been banned, warning labels are required to protect against potential burns from fabric which could pose a fire risk or hazard.
In 1977 this is how warning labels were applied to children’s pyjamas:
The Labelling and safety standards remain largely the same but have expanded to include things like sleep suits and other products that pose a risk.
The leballing categories are as follows:
Garments made from fabric and trims that pass low flammability tests. Examples include wool, some synthetics and some heavy cottons.
Garments that are close fitting, such as pyjamas, do not ignite or burn as readily. As a result, they may be made from more flammable fabrics. Garment measurements apply according to size.
Babies’ all-in-ones have their own category because there is little difference between daywear and nightwear. This category covers all-in-one garments in sizes 00–2, such as jumpsuits and rompers. It applies to garments made mostly from knitted fabrics and where the close-fitting portion of the garment occupies 80% or more of the total surface area of the garment.
Applies to garments that do not fit categories 1, 2 or 3 but still meet some fabric, size and burning test requirements.
Hope that clarifies the issue and gives our tweet a bit of context