Safety of children’s clothing

Cords and drawstrings can be a trap for children. In particular, cords in the neck area represent a great danger when they are caught up in columns of playground equipment, escalators, bus doors or bicycle spokes. Since 2005, the European standard specifies requirements for cords and drawstrings on clothing – including roll costumes and ski clothing – fixed for children up to the age of 14 years. Some standard products for infants and young children (such as bibs, diapers, pacifier holder), footwear, accessories (including gloves, hats, scarves, belts) and theatre costumes also fall in this number.

Most important requirements are related to the following parts of children’s clothing:

Drawstring

A cord, string, ribbon or string, with or without ornamentation (such as cord stopper, tassel, feather, pearl, etc.), which are used to adjust the size of the opening or a part of the garment (eg hood) or the garment itself to close.

Functional cord

A cord, string, ribbon or string, with or without ornamentation (such as cord locks, tassel, feather, pearl, etc.) with fixed length. It is also used to adjust the size of the opening or part of the garment (for example, hood), or the garment itself to be closed.

Decorative cord

Serves as opposed to functional cord not to adjust the size of the opening of the garment or the garment itself exclude (pure decoration purpose).

Cord stopper

It is made from wood, plastic, metal or other material existing part that attached to a strap, a functional or decorative cord.

Requirements for children’s clothing to 14 years

Heat sealing or bars, for example, to prevent fraying, must secure them. Cord stoppers must not be used on loose ends of functional cords or drawstrings. When using cord stoppers on the ends of drawstrings must be configured as loops.

Requirements for children’s clothing with cords in the neck area for children up to 7 years
Functional or decorative cords in the neck or hood area may be present but children’s clothes must not have any loose ends in the neck area. Shoulder straps are permitted only if they are designed through from the front to the back of the garment.