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Fire Regulations

Volume 447: debated on Thursday 15 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what checks are made to ensure that imported furniture, mattresses and fabrics comply with UK fire resistance regulations. (73830)

The Furniture and Furnishings (Fire) (Safety) Regulations 1988 set levels of fire resistance for domestic upholstered furniture, including cover fabrics, and mattresses imported into the UK. These Regulations are enforced by Trading Standards, who have powers to check products and suspend or seize those not meeting the requirements of the Regulations. These powers also allow Trading Standards to prosecute the suppliers of non-compliant products.