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New rules for children’s nightwear fire-hazard labels

If you’re selling children’s clothing, you’d better check the fire-hazard labels – the rules are changing, and they could be out of date by April 18. From that date onwards, it will be illegal to sell product carrying old fire-hazard labels.rn

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If you’re selling children’s clothing, you’d better check the fire-hazard labels – the rules are changing, and they could be out of date by April 18. From that date onwards, it will be illegal to sell product carrying old fire-hazard labels.

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The Commerce Commission has not yet updated its guidance on these labels, but Retail NZ has released a helpful advisory sheet. It advises that all retailers selling children’s clothing check the details of the new requirements to make sure they comply.

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It’s not just children’s pyjamas which must comply with the new requirements. The requirements cover all of the below in sizes 00-14:

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 (i) pyjamas (including bottoms and tops sold separately);
rn(ii) sizes 3-14 knitted nightwear all-in-ones:
rn(iii) sizes 00-14 woven nightwear all-in-ones:
rn(iv) predominantly knitted all-in-one garments in sizes 00-2 made from fabrics that have a pile or nap, or include fabrics with a pile or nap:
rn(v) nightdresses and nighties:
rn(vi) nightshirts:
rn(vii) dressing gowns:
rn(viii) bathrobes:
rn(ix) loose-style boxer shorts commonly used as nightwear:
rn(x) infant sleepbags with sleeves or arm openings: and
rn(xi) blankets and towels with a sleeve or arm opening.

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Stock with old fire-hazard labelling on it cannot be legally sold after April 18, unless it has a new label permanently attached or printed on the garment. Those who try to sell noncompliant garments run the risk of being prosecuted by the Commerce Commission, with a potential penalty of up to $600,000.

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For more information, see Retail NZ’s advisory sheet.

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