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Clothing and materials

Some fabrics catch fire really fast, and it's hard for people to know if their clothes or bedding are fire-safe.

Right now, only children's pyjamas have to be labelled for fire safety.

Children's fancy dress outfits

Parents are warned that the clothes should be treated as high risk, particularly around open flames which might be found at birthday parties, Halloween or barbeques.

If clothes catch fire

What should you do?

Don't run around if you catch fire, as it will make the flames grow and burn quicker.

Lie Down: 

  • This makes it harder for the fire to spread
  • It will reduce the effects of flames on the head and face (flames burn upward) 

Smother the flames: 

  • Cover the flames with a heavy material, like a coat or blanket
  • This will block the supply of oxygen to the fire 

Roll around: 

  • Rolling smothers the flames 

What treatment should I give for burns? 

  • Cool the burn with cold running water for a minimum of 20 minutes
  • Remove all jewellery from burnt areas
  • Remove all clothing that can be removed from the affected area
  • Lay Clingfilm over a burn, or a dry sterile covering
  • Call 999 for an ambulance
  • Keep the casualty warm, as they will chill very quickly
  • Treat for shock