If parents have never noticed that odd, scratchy-feeling fabric that most commercially sold children’s pajamas are made of, perhaps they should. In the event of a fire, that fabric could save your child’s life.
According to the U.S. Fire Administration, 76% of all civilian fire injuries occurred as a result of fires in residential buildings, and bedrooms were the leading location where civilian injuries occurred in residential building fires.
With all the wildfires raging around parts of the country, parents should be more vigilant than ever about the safety of their children’s sleepwear. You never know when your family might have to evacuate your home in the middle of the night.
In the 1970s, the Consumer Protection Safety Commission began requiring that loose fitting children’s sleepwear be made from flame-resistant material. Loose-fitting sleepwear includes nightgowns, loungewear, robes or any loose clothing.
Tight-fitting pajama shirts and pants do not have to be fire-resistant because they do not pose as significant of a safety hazard, as they do not catch fire as easily or burn as rapidly. The CPSC regularly tests children’s sleepwear for federal flammability standards, and periodically issues recalls on items that fail to meet the standards.
Watch this video to see how quickly children’s sleepwear can burn.
View recent children’s pajama and other product recalls.