Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Children's Clothing

Cotton and cotton-blend fabrics catch fire and burn more quickly than most synthetic materials. Nylon and polyester are more difficult to catch fire and burn more slowly. Loose-fitting cotton and cotton-blend sleepwear for children do not meet flammability requirements. If you prefer cotton and cotton-blends make sure the sleepwear is a snug-fitting style, such as polo pyjamas or sleepers. Snug-fitting clothing is less likely to catch fire than clothing with flowing skirts, wide sleeves, or large ruffles. Other safety considerations for children's clothing: Dress children in actual sleepwear when putting them to bed rather than T-shirts or other day clothes. Most day clothes do not meet the flammability requirements for sleepwear. Drawstrings or cords on children's clothing should be removed. Children can strangle on drawstrings and cords that get caught around their neck or on other objects. Belts, ties, or sashes on children's robes should be stitched firmly to the centre back of these products. Young children are at risk of strangulaion from any type of cord that can be detached from the clothing. Check for loose buttons or other small parts as they could become a choking hazard. Check blankets and sleepers regularly for loose threads and fix them immediately, as threads can wrap around a baby's finger or neck and cause injury. from Is your child safe brochure : Health Canada

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