Flammability Regulations


Nightwear can burn rapidly when accidentally set alight by contact with an open fire or a gas or electric fire or other heat source, and cause serious injury - children and the elderly being especially vulnerable.

In consequence, various mandatory and voluntary measures have been taken to control the fire performance of the fabrics used in nightwear and to make the public more aware of the dangers.

From March 1987, tougher performance requirements regarding flammability came into force. They are compulsory for children's nightdresses and dressing gowns. There are improved safety provisions for the full range of nightwear garments for babies, children and adults.

Our Guide describes the main features of the Regulations.

From November 2008, a new European standard for the flammability of children's nightwear comes into effect, which may be enforced under the General Product Safety Regulations 2005. Please note that the UK Regulations continue to be in place after this date and nightwear sold in the UK must comply with both sets of Regulations. For more information, please see BERR's Advisory Note.

Furniture and Furnishings

The Furniture and Furnishings (Fire) (Safety) Regulations 1988 (as amended in 1989 and 1993) set levels of fire resistance for domestic upholstered furniture, furnishings and other products containing upholstery.

Our Guide, which has been prepared in consultation with the Local Authorities Coordinating Body on Food and Trading Standards and the Institute of Trading Standards Administration, is intended to help suppliers of these products understand how the new Regulations affect them.

Our Quick Facts page contains answers to Frequently Asked Questions.