Health Canada Issues New Industry Guide for Futon Flammability Requirements

In February 2019, Health Canada published a new version its industry guide helping manufacturers and suppliers of futons understand flammability requirements.

Online PR News – 28-March-2019 – Geneva, Switzerland – 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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