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No more orange fire safety labels on kids pyjamas

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The Commerce Commission has released guidance for parents and traders on new safety regulations for children’s nightwear.

The Commission has published this advice: 

The new regulations and the standard they enforce are intended to reduce the number of serious or fatal burn injuries to children by informing consumers of the relative flammability hazard of children’s nightwear.

The regulations came into force in April 2016, but a one-year transition period was allowed, so that suppliers and retailers could sell existing stock and ensure new stock meets the regulations.

The key change is around labelling, with a reduction from three types to two:

  • White label: low fire hazard fabrics
  • Red label: higher fire hazard risk
  • Orange label: now phased out, and must no longer appear on nightwear

The Commission has produced guidance for both traders and consumers which can be found on the Commission’s website.

The consumer information is also available in brochure format contact the Commission to request copies


Trade Me welcomes these guidelines and enourages members to be familiar with them.

When members list in the children's clothing category we send an automated reminder email so that they are alerted to the requirements and can make selling decisions accordingly. 

These regulations apply to both new goods AND second hand nightwear. More detail about PJ labelling can be found at this help page.