Washington, DC – Proposed legislation that would simplify the legislative landscape for furniture flammability requirements in the US if it is passed into law has been backed by the American Home Furnishings Alliance (AHFA).
The Safer Occupancy Furniture Flammability Act (SOFFA), introduced as a House bill by Virginia Republican Morgan Griffith, proposes that the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) should adopt California Technical Bulletin 117-2013 as a federal flammability standard. This TB covers performance standards and methods for smoulder resistance.
‘I was pleased to introduce this legislation creating a clear federal standard on furniture flammability,’ Griffith said. ‘If enacted, furniture manufacturers would continue to make safe products without worrying about a tangle of varying state regulations.’
AHFA CEO Andy Counts says that the bill would provide a workable solution to a 40-year stalemate at CPSC. ‘TB 117-2013 is a proven and effective standard that helps protect consumers and reduces the risk of upholstered furniture fires,’ he said.
‘By making TB 117-2013 a national standard, we can ensure that all upholstered residential furniture sold in the United States meets a rigorous fire safety threshold. SOFFA would mandate the best test methods and construction standards we have today but would not prohibit CPSC from future rulemaking if new fire safety technologies become available,’ Counts added.