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Web Date: February 11, 2013

Furniture Fire Fights Continue

Regulation: California issues proposed new standard for furniture fire safety that is already generating heat
Department: Government & Policy | Collection: Safety
Keywords: fire safety, flame retardant chemicals, TB 117

New fire-safety standards for upholstered furniture were issued by the State of California on Feb. 8—igniting immediate controversy. That’s because the proposed standard, known as Technical Bulletin 117 2013 (TB 117 2013), eliminates an open-flame test for foam used within furniture, relying instead on tests to evaluate a cigarette smolder, specifically the ignition resistance of upholstery cover fabrics, barrier, and filling materials. The change . . .

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