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WASHINGTON (February 8, 2013) - The California Department of Consumer Affairs Bureau of Electronic and Appliance Repair, Home Furnishings and Thermal Insulation released proposed regulations today that would, among other changes, eliminate the state's open flame test for upholstered furniture. There are still a number of steps, including a 45-day notice and comment period, which the proposal must go through before it is finalized. In response to these developments, the  North American Flame Retardant Alliance released the following statement.

"Regrettably, if this proposed regulation moves forward, it will reverse a fire safety standard that has provided an important layer of protection to Californians for over 35 years. Since the National Fire Protection Association reports that open flame sources are still a major cause of upholstered furniture fires, regulators in California should propose a standard that addresses this fire safety risk. California is developing a regulatory process to evaluate chemicals used in consumer products, and any concerns about flame retardants or any other chemical should be addressed through that process. It is important to remember that this is only a proposal; the next step will be a public comment period when experts will weigh in on the need for a comprehensive approach to fire safety."

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