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WASHINGTON (April 29, 2014) -
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)
that it will begin developing an open-flame test for upholstered furniture. In response to the announcement, the American Chemistry Council's
North American Flame Retardant Alliance (NAFRA)
released the following statement:
"The American Chemistry Council's North American Flame Retardant Alliance (NAFRA) applauds a recent vote by the Standards Council of the NFPA calling for the development and implementation of an open flame test for upholstered furniture. Once developed, NAFRA hopes the NFPA test will provide furniture manufacturers with an important resource for making their products more fire-safe.
"NAFRA supports the NFPA's commitment to helping reduce the risks Americans face due to fires, particularly with regard to upholstered furniture. Fires originating in upholstered furniture or that spread principally because of upholstered furniture account for
24 percent of annual fire-related deaths
. Putting measures in place that help upholstered furniture withstand open flames is important to fire safety and can help save lives and property."