REPLIES TO THE PUBLIC CONSULTATION IN THE UK

In the revision process of the Furniture and Furnishnigs (Fire) (Safety) Regulations 1988, the UK launched a public consultation at the end of 2016.

Several organisations, including industry and NGOs together with independent scientists asked for a change to a smoulder ignition test in the UK. Here are a few of their replies.

Vytenis Babrauskas, Phd fire safety expert

« The fire problem with upholstered furniture is overwhelmingly caused by cigarette ignitions. This is where regulatory attention should be focused, since such solutions can be both highly effective from a fire safety point of view, and devoid of negative impact on health and environment ».

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