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Fire & Furniture Regulations

Fire is a risk in any household but the risk is greater if the furniture catches fire easily. Before regulations were introduced, many items of furniture had covers that were not fire resistant, so regulations were introduced to limit the manufacture and distribution of furnishings and furniture that did not meet certain standards. It is an offence under the Consumer Protection Act 1987 to supply or provide furniture in a let property that does not comply with the Fire Resistance Requirement contained within the Furniture & Furnishings (Fire) (Safety) Regulations (Amended) 1993.

Now all furniture and furnishings of particular types* need to meet minimum standards of fire resistance.  They must have fire-resistant fillings and have passed a match resistance and cigarette resistance test.  They will, therefore, have labels attached indicating that they are resistant.

  • Beds, pillows, headboards, mattresses, bed bases, sofa beds, futons, sofas, armchairs, footstools, padded seats, scatter cushions, seat pads, loose & stretch furniture covers, nursery furniture, garden furniture suitable for indoor use (i.e. not deckchairs or parasols).