Volume 91 Issue 48 | p. 8 | News of The Week
Issue Date: December 2, 2013 | Web Date: November 26, 2013

California Revises Fire Standards

Regulation: Removal of key flame test eliminates need for flame retardants in upholstered furniture
Department: Government & Policy | Collection: Safety
Keywords: flame retardants, upholstered furniture, fire safety, California

After years of acrimonious debate between fire-safety scientists and environmental and public health activists, revised fire-safety standards for upholstered furniture were approved on Nov. 21 by California Gov. Edmund G. Brown Jr. Furniture manufacturers will be able to eliminate virtually all flame-retardant chemicals from their products—most notably in polyurethane foam filling materials—and meet the new standards, which take effect in January 2014.

“Today, California is curbing toxic . . .

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