A Guide to the Furniture and Furnishings (Fire) (Safety) Regulations

Introduction
The Furniture and Furnishings (Fire) (Safety) Regulations 1988 1 (as amended in 1989 2 and 1993 3 ) set levels of fire resistance for domestic upholstered
furniture, furnishings and other products containing upholstery.

This guide, which has been prepared in consultation with the Local Authorities Co-
ordinating Body on Food and Trading Standards and the Institute of Trading
Standards Administration, is intended to help suppliers of these products
understand how the new Regulations affect them.
It is not an authoritative interpretation of the Regulations, which is a
matter for the courts.
The guide explains the requirements in general terms, but it does not cover all the details. You should refer to the Regulations themselves for a
full statement of the requirements.

Contents
Product ranges covered
Suppliers affected
Furniture provided by way of a statutory function
Exemptions
What suppliers need to do
Filling material supplied direct to consumers
Filling material supplied to business users
Furnishings fabrics
Domestic upholstered furniture
Cane furniture
Garden furniture
Furniture in caravans
Nursery furniture
Head-boards of beds
Mattresses and bed-bases
Sofa-beds, futons and other convertibles
Pillows, scatter cushions and seat pads
Bean bags and floor cushions
Loose covers and stretch covers for furniture
Re-upholstery
Second-hand furniture
The labels
Display labels
Permanent labels
Information requirements at point of sale
Information requirements for manufacturers and importers
Enforcement
The tests
Tests for filling material
Test for upholstery
Tests for cover fabric
Table of test requirements
Enquiries

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