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Guidelines, Codes & Standards
Marcelo M. Hirschler, Ph.D., M.R.S.C., C.Chem., GBH International Jul 2014

How is California Lowering Furniture Fire Safety?

The state of California has eliminated the requirements, in effect since 1975, that foams within upholstered furniture must pass an open flame test. It did this by replacing the traditional California TB 117 standard with a new standard that does not require open flame testing but only requires testing for smoldering (cigarette) ignition, especially for cover fabrics.

Guidelines, Codes & Standards
Marcelo M. Hirschler, Ph.D., M.R.S.C., C.Chem., GBH International Apr 2013

How NFPA Activities Affect the Vinyl Industry

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) is a consensus standards organization that writes codes and standards. For most people in the vinyl industry this sentence may seem irrelevant but as the following explanation points out, what NFPA does or does not do can, and will affect building safety and the materials chosen by specifiers.

Products
Jan 2011

Electrical Fires Declining Because of Materials Like Vinyl

Each year, just over 40,000 residential fires are started by electrical distribution equipment su