Calif. Rolls Out Flammability Reforms To Curb Chemical Use

Law360, New York (November 22, 2013, 7:12 PM EST) -- California on Thursday approved new flammability standards for upholstered furniture that are designed to reduce manufacturers' use of flame-retardant chemicals, which studies have linked to cancer and other health problems.

The standards no longer require foam and other filling materials in furniture to pass an open-flame test, which led manufacturers to use flame retardants in the products. Instead, they relate to furniture's ability to protect against fires from smoldering sources such as cigarettes and space heaters, through the use of smolder-resistant cover fabrics or similar materials....
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