ABSTRACT

Mattress and Bedding Fires in Residential Structures   [open pdf - 160KB]

"Mattresses manufactured today are much safer than they once were. In 2007, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) enacted the Federal Mattress Flammability Standard, which required mattresses to resist ignition from smoldering cigarettes and other small flames. This standard, along with public education and strict industry compliance, has been credited by the Sleep Products Safety Council with reducing the number of mattress fires and mattress-related fire fatalities.Today, the CPSC is developing a new standard that will require mattresses to be resistant from ignition not only by cigarettes but also open flame sources such as candles, matches, and lighters. Despite the legislation and other prevention messages, mattresses and bedding mate-rials are involved in many fires. Between 1996 and 1998, there were an estimated 20,800 residential structure fires where mattresses, pillows, and bedding materials were reported as the item first ignited. These fires were responsible for more than 2,200 civilian injuries, 380 civilian fatalities, and almost $104 million in property loss."

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Date:
2002-02
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Public Domain
Retrieved From:
U.S. Fire Administration: http://www.usfa.dhs.gov/
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pdf
Media Type:
application/pdf
Source:
Topical Fire Report Series (February 2002), v.2 no.17
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