Furniture & Furnishings (Fire)(Safety) Regulations 1988

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Furniture & Furnishings (Fire)(Safety) Regulations 1988


This regulation requires all upholstered furniture sold or otherwise supplied to have a fire regulation compliance certificate attached. This includes mattresses as well as chairs & sofas. There are 2 exceptions:

  • The regulation doesn't apply to furniture made before 1950.
  • second hand furnished caravans are exempt

Furniture supplied in rented properties must also comply.

The purpose of this reg is to reduce the death toll from furniture. A lot of pre-1988 furniture was highly flammable, able to go from a smouldering cigarette butt to a major blaze in a minute. A lot of upholstery also produced toxic smoke on burning.

The market in pre-1988 upholstered furniture is now minimal. Generally only something a bit special attracts buyers. Auction houses, charities etc normally don't take anything without a fire certificate.


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