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selling children’s clothing, you’d better check the fire-hazard labels – the rules are changing, and they could be out of date by April 18.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.
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.
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:
(i) pyjamas (including bottoms and tops sold separately);
(ii) sizes 3-14 knitted nightwear all-in-ones:
(iii) sizes 00-14 woven nightwear all-in-ones:
(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:
(v) nightdresses and nighties:
(vii) dressing gowns:
(ix) loose-style boxer shorts commonly used as nightwear:
(x) infant sleepbags with sleeves or arm openings: and
(xi) blankets and towels with a sleeve or arm opening.
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.
For more information, see Retail NZ’s advisory sheet.