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 ».
The Alliance for Flame Retardant Free Furniture in Europe consists of stakeholders ranging from environmental and health NGOs to industry, cancer organisations, fire fighters and labour unions.
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