Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Echo's "Pyjama" Campaign

I was copied into this email this afternoon from Olivia Richwald at the Northern Echo.

Did you know that children's pyjamas will ignite within a couple of seconds and burn to ash in little more than a minute?
Due to a quirk in the law, pyjamas are not covered by the stringent regulations that nightdresses and dressing gowns are. While nightdresses, which are required to be flame resistant, will burn slowly, melt gently or simply self-extinguish, pyjamas turn into an inferno in seconds.
Sadly this happened to Daniel Mitchard-Harrison, a two-year-old from North Yorkshire. He suffered first degree burns to his legs and bottom and will be scarred for life. Now his family and their local paper, The Northern Echo, are campaigning for a change in the law.
To see just how quickly pyjamas burn, watch this video.
This campaign has the backing of the fire service, trading standards and the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents.
If you are shocked then please sign this petition which will be taken to the highest level in the European Union. Your names will not appear on the website.
Then, please forward this email on to any other parents, grandparents or friends who may be shocked to know these facts.

I checked AJ's pyjamas this evening (from a number of retailers) and sure enough, none of them were flame resistant. The video is a graphic reconstruction as to how pyjama bottoms will go up in a matter of seconds. If you don't do anything else today, sign the petition.

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