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British standards

BS 7177: BS7177 2008 + A1: 2011

The specification for resistance to ignition of mattresses, divans and bed bases.

Relevant link:   United Kingdom: BS 7177:2008

Published by: The British Standards Institution

BS 1877-10:2011

The specification for safety requirements and test methods regarding domestic bedding with specific specification for mattresses and bumpers for children's cots, perambulators and similar domestic articles.

Relevant link:   United Kingdom: BS 1877-10:2011

Published by: The British Standards Institution

Although many parents recognise the symbols used on children's equipment and toys, you may not understand what each one really means.

Fire safety

What it means

  • Will not easily catch light from cigarettes or matches.
  • Does not mean fireproof.

CE mark

What it means

  • Manufacturer's self declaration that its product meets basic EU legal requirements.
  • This is not in fact a safety symbol.

Kite mark

What it means

  • The Kite mark confirms that the British Standards Institution has tested a product and found it meets a particular standard.

Age label

What it means

  • Unsuitable for children under three years because it might, for instance, contain small parts.

Lion mark

What it means

  • The Lion mark shows that a toy meets British safety standards and adheres to strict advertising and counterfeiting ethics.

BSI numbers

Products with a British Standards Institution (BSI) number shows they comply with certain safety requirements. When purchasing a product check to see whether it is marked with either BS EN xxxx or BS xxxx followed by a date (the last four digits of the number).

If this is not apparent – sometimes these numbers are hidden away – check with the person selling it whether there is a British Safety Standard for the particular item.

Baby bouncers
BS EN 14036:2003

Baby walking frames
BS EN 1273:2005

Carrycots and stands
BS EN 1466:2004

Changing units
BS EN 12221:2000*

Child seats for cycles
BS EN 14344:2004

Children's bedguards
BS 7972:2001

Children's cots and folding cots
BS EN 716:1996 *

Children's harnesses, reins
BS EN 13210:2004

Children's pillows
BS 4578:1998

Cot bumpers
BS 1877-10:1997

Cribs and cradles
BS EN 1130

Cutlery and feeding utensils for children
BS EN 14372:2004

Drinking equipment for children
BS EN 14350:2004

Dummies for babies and young children
BS EN 1400:2002

Dummy holders
BS EN 12586:1999*

BS 8423:2002

Framed back carriers
BS EN 13209 Part 1:2004

Gates and safety barriers
BS EN 1930:2000*

BS EN 14988:2006

Inflatable armbands worn as floatation aids
BS 7661:1993

Mattresses for children's cots and prams
BS 1877-10:1997

BS EN 12227:1999*

Portable child-appealing luminaries
BS EN 60598:2-10

Prams, pushchairs, buggies and travel systems
BS EN 1888:2003

Reclined cradles
BS EN 12790:2002*

Safety of children's clothing
BS EN 14682:2004

Safety of toys
BS EN 71

Soft carriers
BS EN 13209 Part 2:2005

Table-mounted chairs
BS EN 1272:1998

Travel cots
BS 7423:1999

* Products that are currently under review and the date may change (as of May 2007)

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