New Federal Safety Standard for Upholstered Furniture Fires Effective June 25, 2021 | Southern Maryland News Network



The new US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) federal mandatory flammability standard for upholstered furniture came into effect on June 25, 2021. Upholstered furniture manufactured, imported or re-upholstered on that date or after this date must conform to the standard.

House fires are deadly – In a home fire, a consumer has only a few minutes to escape before their home burns down. Upholstered furniture in a house fire is often the first thing to catch fire, is a major source of fuel for fires and is associated with around 390 deaths each year, or 17% of deaths in house fires, according to the report. annual CPSC on residential fires. Loss estimate report.

What is an upholstered piece of furniture? – The federal standard applies to upholstered furniture, which is furniture with an upholstered seat, back or arm and intended for use inside a home, other meeting places or living quarters. public where consumers usually use upholstered furniture. What is not covered by this standard? Futons, cushions and cushions used on outdoor furniture, certain durable products for infants and toddlers, and products prescribed by a healthcare professional are excluded from the standard.

Consumers should research the label, starting June 25, 2022 – Upholstered furniture shall have a permanent label stating: “Meets US CPSC requirements for the flammability of upholstered furniture”. The CPSC recommends that manufacturers make the label easy for consumers to find and identify. The CPSC will apply the new federal label requirement effective June 25, 2022.

The federal standard for upholstered furniture was mandated by Congress in the COVID 2021 Relief Act. The CPSC standard adopts the California State Furniture Flammability Standard, TB-117-2013, which deals with smoldering fires.

To learn more about the new standard, see the CPSC Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).

About the US CPSC – The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is responsible for protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death associated with the use of thousands of types of consumer products. Deaths, injuries and property damage from consumer product incidents cost the country more than $ 1,000 billion annually. The work of the CPSC to ensure the safety of consumer products has contributed to a decline in the rate of fatalities and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 40 years.

Federal law prohibits anyone from selling products subject to a voluntary recall announced publicly by a manufacturer or a mandatory recall ordered by the Commission.

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