“The UK’s ineffective and dangerous furniture flammability regulations”

Quoted from www.fire-magazine.co.uk

“The UK’s ineffective and dangerous furniture flammability regulations”

Terry Edge, the lead official on the Furniture and Furnishings (Fire) (Safety) Regulations 1988, at DTI/ BIS/BEIS from 2004 until 2016, reports on yet another regulation that needs reviewing.

FIRE Foreword: The Fire and Rescue Service’s campaign to save lives through ensuring foam filled furniture was made fire-safe reached its zenith in the 1980s with the Furniture and Furnishings (Fire) (Safety) Regulations 1988, saving hundreds, if not thousands, of lives in the UK. However, the complete turnaround and inevitable slide to ashes is evidenced below as the story continues from pg 27 with all the same ingredients of modern materials, deregulation, reducing costs and a recalcitrant industry in another example of failure to safeguard citizens by not putting public safety first.

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