Flowing night dresses have been given a fire safety thumbs up following Warwickshire wide safety checks conducted by Warwickshire County Council’s Trading Standards Service and Warwickshire Fire and Rescue.
Flowing night dresses, which could easily catch light on open fires, must meet the stringent Children’s Nightwear standard to be sold in the UK.
Nightwear that meets the standard will only burn very slowly, giving children time to remove the nightie or stop, drop and roll, to put the flames out.
Children’s nightwear is a popular Christmas gift and Trading Standards carry out these safety tests to help give parents and grandparents confidence that the products they are buying are safe.
Warwickshire Trading Standards Officers purchased a range of nighties costing between £7 and £15 from high street stores across Warwickshire. These nighties were then tested to the requirements of The Nightwear (Safety) Regulations 1985 and all passed.
Warwickshire County Councillor John Horner, Portfolio Holder for Community Safety said: “Flowing night dresses and open fires don’t mix! I’m pleased that retailers are ensuring that the nightwear they sell meets these important flammability requirements designed to protect children.”
Warwickshire County Councillor Philip Johnson, Chair of the council’s Overview and Scrutiny Committee added: “Open fires can pose a danger to children. Make sure you use a fire guard to protect against flying sparks and hot embers and before you go to bed put the fire out.”
Parents are advised to always check the label and look for the warning ‘Keep away from fire’.