Health Canada Issues New Industry Guide for Futon Flammability Requirements

Top Quote In February 2019, Health Canada published a new version its industry guide helping manufacturers and suppliers of futons understand legal flammability requirements. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) March 28, 2019 - On February 28, 2019, Health Canada issued an updated industry guide covering the regulatory flammability requirements for futons.

    The guide includes information on:
    • Canadian legislation applicable to futons
    • Summary of test methods for assessing futon flammability
    • Impact of chemical flame retardants, materials and constructions on futon flammability
    • Educating consumers on fire safety

    Futons are a Japanese form of mattress that can be rolled or folded. In the West, they are often used in combination with a frame that converts from a sofa to a bed. They are subject to the requirements of both the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act (CCPSA) and Mattresses Regulations (SOR/2016-183).

    The regulations define a mattress as an item that is intended, promoted or normally used for the purpose of being slept on that contains resilient material enclosed within a ticking. The definition of mattress does not include:
    • Mattress pad
    • Infant multi-use pad
    • Any part of an article of upholstered furniture that may also be used for the purpose of being slept on that is not a separate mattress
    • Crib, cradle or bassinet mattress
    • One-of-a-kind prescription mattress

    The issuing of a new industry guide does not signify any change in the Mattress Regulations (SOR/2016-183).

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