Before long the television will be full of adverts warning you about the dangers of fireworks, sparklers and everything else bonfire related. It’s just as important to know about the fire safety in your properties too.
Furnishing Fire safety regulations 1988.
Many domestic fires start with soft furnishings, which produce poisonous fumes which are given off by the synthetic materials they are filled with, as such the government has put in legislation to prevent these fires, resulting in;
What to look for:
When you’re buying sofas and arm chairs look out for a label stating its compliance with the regulations. All new furniture must carry and display this label at the point of sale, if there’s no label it’s probably not up to scratch. Key things to look out for are:
- Foams and Fillings comply with the regulations.
- Upholstery is cigarette resistant.
- Covers are match resistant.
Mattresses and bed bases should have a label showing the British standard kite mark. On furniture there is a large label which indicates that the product has been tested to British Standards, here is the label to look out for: label which indicates that the product has been tested to British standards, here is the label to look out for: