The textiles used in Nightwear and Sleepwear can burn rapidly when accidentally set alight by contact with an open flame or other heat source. Burns from accidents can cause serious injury or death in children, the elderly and vulnerable adults. In consequence, various mandatory and voluntary measures have been taken to reduce the spread of flame and control the burning behaviour of fabrics used in nightwear and to make the public more aware of the dangers.
On 1st March 1987 ‘The Nightwear (Safety) Regulations 1985’ came into force, replacing ‘The Nightdresses (Safety) Regulations 1967’.
These regulations apply to ‘Nightwear’ including garments which are commonly worn as nightwear. However, as they do not apply to ‘Children’s Pyjamas’, a harmonised voluntary specification standard, BS EN 14878 was developed to specifically assess the burning behaviour of Children’s Pyjamas.