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The National Association of State Fire Marshals accuses the furniture industry of foot-dragging on a national guideline.

National Association of State Fire Marshals (NASFM) President John Dean today renewed the call for enactment of effective national flammability standards for upholstered furniture. According to Dean, fires originating in upholstered furniture account for 20% of all fire-related deaths each year in the United States and claim the lives of 10 people each week.

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"Many people don't realize that the chairs and couches they relax on every day are a potential fire waiting to happen," because of the flammable fabrics and filling materials often used in upholstered furniture, said Dean. "Without national furniture fire safety standards that address both cigarette and open flame ignitions, these preventable fires will continue to cause horrible deaths and injuries," he noted.

The CPSC initiated a furniture flammability rulemaking in mid-1994, in response to a petition from NASFM. NASFM accuses the furniture industry of foot-dragging on a national guideline.

California is currently the only state in the U.S. with fire safety regulations for upholstered furniture sold for use in the home.



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