Every Children's Day, the safety performance of children's furniture will become the focus of the home industry. The Beijing News reporter summed up the inspection of children's furniture by the quality inspection department in the past two years and found that the overall qualification rate of children's furniture was not high in the random inspection. It is not uncommon for children to get sick and have accidents due to unsafe furniture. According to the "Children's Furniture Purchase Preference" survey released by the Beijing News Household WeChat public account, it was found that most of the respondents' perceptions of the safety and environmental performance of children's furniture have not yet reached national standards. The survey found that most consumers did not know enough about national standards for children's furniture.
Most investigators have incomplete knowledge of national standards
On August 1, 2012, China's first mandatory national standard for children's furniture, "General Technical Conditions for Children's Furniture" (GB 28007-2011) was officially implemented. Prior to this, this standard has been brewing for a long time and has also attracted the attention of many media. In the past two years, the State General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine of various localities conducted spot checks on children's furniture, and most of them used this standard as the criterion. However, through the questionnaire released by the Beijing News, it was found that the respondents did not have comprehensive knowledge of this national standard. Accordingly, most consumers do not identify children's furniture according to national standards when purchasing. Safety performance.
"General Technical Conditions for Children's Furniture" is a compulsory standard. The safety requirements in Chapter 5 of the standard and warning signs in Chapter 6 are mandatory. The remaining chapters and clauses are recommended. Among them, the safety requirement is the core part of the standard, which is composed of three parts: structural safety, hazardous substance limit and flame retardant performance. In the structural safety section, dimensions such as "edges and tips", "protrusions", "holes and gaps", "folding mechanism", "flip doors, flaps", "closed furniture", "mechanical properties", etc. Requirements; Hazardous substances limit the harmful substances such as formaldehyde, heavy metals, and decomposable aromatic amines that may be released from wooden parts, product surface coatings, textile fabrics, leather, plastics and other materials; flame retardancy refers to the flame retardancy of soft furniture Request. Chapter 6 warning signs make detailed provisions on the location and content of warning signs.
In the questionnaire, the mandatory articles in Chapters 5 and 6 of the national standard were taken as the focus of the investigation. It was found that although most parents had a sense of safe purchase, they were not accurate. On the question of "Have you ever noticed the warning signs on furniture", 40% of them said "I don't know what is a warning sign"; on the question of "whether they noticed 'structural safety'", more than 80% of them "no system Understand "; on the question of" how to determine that the amount of harmful gases such as formaldehyde from furniture has reached the standard ", 80% of the respondents used the method of" smelling with their noses ", and only 20% chose to" require the merchant to present a test report produced by a third-party agency " ; On the "heavy metal content" project, 40% of the respondents did not understand the meaning of the concept. Although more than 30% had heard of the concept, they did not know how to avoid buying over-standard products.
Consumers are most concerned about safety and environmental protection
In the survey of children's furniture consumption habits, the reporter found that consumers value "safety" and "environmental protection" the two most important factors. Among the "what factors do you consider when buying children's furniture", "safety performance" and "environmental performance" have the highest votes, followed by "use of materials", which actually represents consumers' environmental protection of furniture. attention. In the professional evaluation of children's furniture, more than 20% of the respondents believe that children's furniture should be "suitable for children's physical characteristics and living habits", and "materials are specially created for children to ensure safety and environmental protection." The reporter found in the survey that consumers are more inclined to ensure the safety and environmental protection of furniture from the choice of materials. In terms of material selection for children's furniture, more than 40% of people choose "as long as solid wood", which is almost the same as "as long as the quality of the material is up to standard". It can be seen that for consumers, when the true quality of the product cannot be obtained from other channels, material is the primary consideration.
In the investigation, the decoration and home services related to children's rooms also attracted much attention. In addition to children's furniture products, more than half of the respondents hope that businesses can provide relevant opinions on furniture functions and supporting facilities, as well as services for the overall design, decoration, and furniture purchase of children's rooms; in addition, nearly 30% of people are concerned about the maintenance of children's furniture , Recycling services, and in the market, professional services in this area are almost blank.
In addition, the survey found that the physical home store is still the mainstream consumer place for children's furniture, and consumers are more inclined to choose from the influence of the brand and the evaluation of others.
Children's furniture questionnaire
1. Have you noticed the warning signs on the furniture when buying furniture for your child? (Single choice)
Does it matter 4%
No, I do n’t know what a warning sign is 40%
Attention, hope to choose 56% with warning signs
2. When buying children's furniture, do you notice "structural safety"? (Single choice)
Don't understand what this word means 8%
I have n’t noticed it at all. It looks good on the line. 8%
When buying, you will notice similar problems such as the height of the furniture and whether there are sharp corners, but there is no systematic understanding of 84%
3. When buying children's furniture, how do you judge that the amount of harmful gases such as formaldehyde from furniture has reached the standard? (Single choice)
Require merchants to produce test reports from third-party agencies to ensure 20% environmental protection
Smell with your nose, the taste is not pungent and it should be fine 80%
4. When buying children's furniture, do you know the national standard's requirements for "heavy metal content" of children's furniture? (Single choice)
Understand that 28% will be avoided by consulting or requesting a test report
Do n’t know, do n’t understand what heavy metals are 40%
I heard about the concept of "heavy metals", but I don't know how to avoid buying over-standard products 32%
5. When choosing children's furniture, which material do you prefer? (Single choice)
No special requirements for material 8%
Solid wood, board, metal, fabric are all acceptable, as long as the quality meets the standard 48%
Only 44% of solid wood
6. From what channels are you used to buying children's furniture? (Single choice)
Online e-commerce 12%
4% gift from friends, relatives, etc.
??百乐宫网上游戏?? stores, physical stores 84%
7. When buying children's furniture, which of the following information will affect your choices? (Multiple choice)
Shopping guide introduction 13%
Child's opinion 14%
Online or others' reviews 24%
Brand influence and reputation 36%
Advertising, media promotion 13%
8. What factors do you consider when buying children's furniture? (Multiple choice)
14% after sales service
18% safety performance
Environmental performance 19%
Brand factor 12%
Price factor 13%
16% of materials used
Style color 8%
9. When you buy children's furniture, what other services do you want to get in addition to the furniture? (Multiple choice)
Professional advice on furniture function and matching 27%
Professional services for maintenance and recycling of children's furniture 27%
I hope that the business will provide the design, decoration and furniture purchase service of the overall children's room 29%
17% opinions on furniture style and color
10. How do you think for children, the professionalism of children's furniture should be reflected? (Multiple choice)
Full of childlike fun, make children's life full of happiness 15%
High quality, create a good childhood life for children 12%
Size, function, specifications, etc. suitable for children's physical characteristics and lifestyle 27%
Materials are made for children, ensuring safety and environmental protection 27%
Color, style, and style can correctly guide the child's character and imagination 19%
Warning signs should be clear
According to the national standard "General Technical Conditions for Children's Furniture" (GB28007-2011), children's furniture must indicate the applicable age range in the instructions for use, that is, "3-6 years old", "3 years old and below" or "7 years old and above" Products with installation requirements should be marked "Caution! Only adults are allowed, children should not be near them"; folding or adjusting devices should be marked "Warning! Be careful of pinching"; swivel chairs with lifting pneumatic rods should be marked "Danger! Do not Frequent lifting and playing. "
Careful identification to ensure structural safety
In practical applications, if details such as "structural safety" are not up to standard, they can be discerned from the naked eye or from actual measurements. For example, use glass parts in the area below the height of 160 cm from the ground or the height of the child's standing surface; there is no anti-pulling device for push-pull parts such as drawers and keyboard trays; Anti-pulling device; the home has sharp corners or protrusions, and children are easy to fall and be injured; there is no vent in the furniture, which may cause children to suffocate.
Ask for quality inspection report
Excessive formaldehyde emissions are a common quality problem in children's furniture. In addition, excessive heavy metal standards should also attract consumers' attention. Excessive heavy metals are similar in nature to the release of harmful gases such as formaldehyde, and the damage to children is cumulative. The failure of the project was mainly due to the fact that some companies used inferior coatings with heavy metal exceeding the standard in order to reduce costs. Consumers can avoid purchasing substandard products by requesting quality inspection reports from merchants.