New flammability standard for upholstered furniture starts Friday
WASHINGTON (KLKN) — The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is setting forth a new mandatory federal flammability standard for upholstered furniture which goes into effect Friday.
During a house fire, upholstered furniture is usually the first thing to ignite, providing a significant source of fuel for the flames says CPSC. The organization says upholstered furniture is associated with 390 house fire deaths each year.
This standard only applies to furniture for indoor use.
CPSC says consumers should start looking at furniture labels starting Friday. Furniture that complies with the new standard will have a permanent label stating “Complies with U.S. CPSC requirements for upholstered furniture flammability.”
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