1971 the Consumer Product Safety Commission established
the Children’s Sleepwear Flammability Standard,
ensuring fire-resistant sleepwear for all children
up to 14 years of age. This action resulted in
a 90% decrease in fire-related child deaths sustained
while wearing sleepwear.
In 1996 the CPSC lowered this standard, once
again placing American children at risk for burn
The new standard, enacted in 2001, allows sleepwear
for babies younger than nine months not to be
fire-resistant, leaving them with no protection
at all. Further, sleepwear for children up to
age 14 does not need to be fire-resistant if it
is snug fitting. Generally, parents purchase sleepwear
that is at least one size larger to allow for
growing room, making even snug fitting items unsafe.
The fire safety community, including trauma surgeons,
fire fighters and Dave Borowski, and members of
Congress are working to re-establish the Safe
Children’s Sleepwear Standard through legislation.
The passage of S. 2188 and/or S. 2208 in the Senate
and H.R. 4896 and/or H.R. 730 in the House would
re-establish the Standard.
We urge you to write to your representatives
in support of this legislation and urge them to
vote for the re-establishment of the Children’s
Sleepwear Flammability Standard. Contact information
for your representatives may be found by calling
(202) 224-3121 or at http://www.house.gov
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