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FIRA International has announced the amendments to two major British Standards concerning furniture flammability. The flame-resistant polyester fabric used to cover filling materials during flammability testing has been modified, and the amendments have been made to ensure that the fabric specification is identical to that contained within the UK’s Furniture & Furnishings (Fire) (Safety) regulations 1988, amended 1989, 1993 and 2010.  

The two standards which have been amended are: BS 7176: 2007 + A1: 2011 – specification for the resistance to ignition of upholstered furniture for non-domestic seating by testing composites, the main UK standard for assessing the fire-resistant properties of contract furniture; and BS 7177: 2008 + A1: 2011 – specification for the resistance to ignition of mattresses, mattress pads, divans and bed bases, the main UK standard for assessing the fire-resistant properties of complete mattresses for all applications.

Phil Reynolds, FIRA’s principal technical manager, says, “This is a relatively minor amendment and should have no effect on any test results already achieved. The update has been made to ensure consistency across testing approaches and to maintain the highest standard in fire safety testing.”

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