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UPHOLSTERED FURNITURE FIRE SAFETY. EFA IMPACT. Presentation by Bob Graham EFA Roundtable - Paris, 31.01-01.02.2008. 01. ACFSE POSITION PAPER. Cigarette and match resistance standards. EN1021 parts 1 &2. Completion of development of standard for larger ignition source (20gms newspaper).

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UPHOLSTERED FURNITURE FIRE SAFETY

EFA IMPACT

Presentation by Bob Graham

EFA Roundtable - Paris, 31.01-01.02.2008

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ACFSE POSITION PAPER

  • Cigarette and match resistance standards. EN1021 parts 1 &2.
  • Completion of development of standard for larger ignition source (20gms newspaper).
  • Implementation of post ignition fire behaviour standard.

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ACFSE POSITION PAPER

Supporting evidence:

  • International fire statistics and the potential benefits of fire counter measures. University of Surrey 2005.
  • Modelling fire scenarios in Residential buildings with respect to the benefit of smoke detectors and flame retardants. BAM Berlin.2006
  • Assessment of fire safety requirement to upholstered furniture and mattresses. Norwegian University of Science and Technology.2007

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JOINT LETTER – 26 July 2007

Joint statement on the fire safety of upholstered furniture

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EUROPEAN COMMISSION ACTIONS

Member States authorities and Member States consumer safety organisations received:

  • ACFSE position paper
  • Supporting evidence
  • EFA joint letter

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EUROPEAN COMMISSION ACTIONS

Fire issues on the agenda of General Product Safety Committee 16th November:

  • Rip Cigarettes
  • Nightwear fire safety
  • Upholstered furniture fire safety

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EUROPEAN COMMISSION ACTIONS

  • RIP cigarette standard to be developed
  • Nightwear standard to be reviewed
  • Member States views on Upholstered Furniture standards received

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EU FURNITURE STANDARDS

Member States positions:

Norway

Finland

France

Austria

Germany

Czech Republic

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QUESTIONS?

  • Why are there different opinions from Member States?
  • Are fire service involved in forming the opinion?
  • Is there an agency with more knowledge than the fire service?

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FURNITURE STANDARDS

European Commission-DG SANCO

  • Broad consensus to carry forward work on cigarette and match resistance
  • Look at large ignition source
  • Collate data on flame retardants

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