Trade does slow burn over flame rules

Sloan, Carole
November 2003
Home Textiles Today;11/10/2003, Vol. 25 Issue 11, p1
Trade Publication
The pace of movement towards governmental regulation concerning flammability of home furnishings is accelerating. By mid-December 2003, the California Bureau of Home Furnishings and Thermal Insulation plans to issue the proposed Technical Bulletin 604, which will be followed by a public hearing and a 45-day public comment period. The regulations will include specific flammability standards for filled top of the bed products including comforters, pillows, and mattress pads. Prior to the issuance of the draft standard, there will be two informational meetings, on November 18 in San Francisco, and on November 20 in Los Angeles. According to Robert Leo, counsel for the Home Fashion Product Association (HFPA), the time frame leaves HFPA members a short amount of time to weight the effects of the Bureau's specific flammability test on their products and sales in California. At the same time, Leo noted that Senator Ernest Hollings (D-SC) introduced the "American Home Fire Safety Act" on October 30, 2003 which mandates the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission to regulate and adopt flammability standards on upholstered furniture, mattresses, "bed clothing" and candles, within 90 days of the passage of the act.


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