Sleep Safer: A fire resistant mattress can save your life

Sleep Safer: A fire resistant mattress can save your life

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

Effective July 2007, mattress sets are required to meet the federal safety standard for open-flame fire resistance. Protection from cigarette ignition has been in place for more than 30 years.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) rules buy you and your family more time to escape before the fire gets out of control. Many mattress fires are caused by children playing with open flames such as candles, lighters and matches or when candles are left unattended.

The mattress label must show that the mattress meets federal mattress flammability requirements.

Mattress label example (USgov)

Reducing Deaths and injuries from mattress fires

S.L.E.E.P. Facts:

S-Standard for open-flame mattress flammability is mandatory for mattress sets sold in the United States

L-Limits the intensity of a mattress fire.

E-Estimated to save as many as 270 lives every year and prevent as many as 1,330 injuries each year, when fully effective.

E-Every mattress is required to have a label that states the mattress set meets the federal standard.

P-Provides more escape time for consumers.

Frequently asked questions:

Why is the mattress regulation necessary?

The federal open-flame flammability standard for mattresses is necessary because it will save lives and prevent injuries and property damage by providing more fire resistance. However, increased fire resistance does not mean there is no fire risk. CPSC urges consumers to never smoke in bed, be careful with candles and keep cigarettes and lighters away from children.

How do I know if my mattress complies?

Look for the required label on the mattress set to make sure it complies with the open-flame standard.

Does CPSC require manufacturers to use fire-retardant chemicals?

No. CPSC does not require mattress manufacturers to use fire-retardant chemicals or any other specific technology to meet the requirements of the standard. There are compliant mattress sets available that do not use fire-retardant chemicals.

Will the mattress set look and feel the same?

Mattress sets that comply with federal flammability standards shouldn’t look or feel any different and shouldn’t be any less comfortable.

Contact the manufacturer if you have questions or need additional information.

A conventional mattress is in flames in just a few minutes compared to a mattress that complies with the federal open-flame standard on the right.

CPSC Fire Safety Tips:

*Don’t smoke in bed.

*Don’t allow kids to play with candles lighters or smoking materials.

*Don’t fall asleep while a candle is burning.

*Do extinguish candles before you leave the room.

*Do have working smoke alarms on each level of your home and in every bedroom.

*In case of a fire, call 911 from a safe place.

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

4330 East West Highway

Bethesda, MD 20814

Phone: (800) 638-2772



Disclaimer: This information was taken directly from the US Consumer Product Safety Commission pamphlet on mattress safety, and I give them full credit for the information. Please go to the attached website for more information.


About jwatrel

I am a free-lance writer and Blogger. I am the author of the book "Firehouse 101" ( 2005) part of trilogy of books centered in New York City. My next book "Love Triangles" is finished being edited and should be ready for release in the Fall. My latest book, "Dinner at Midnight", a thriller is on its last chapter. My long awaited book explains the loss of the 2004 Yankee game to Boston. I work as a Consultant, Adjunct College Professor, Volunteer Fireman and Ambulance member and Blogger. I have a blog site for caregivers called 'bergencountycaregiver', a step by step survival guide to all you wonderful folks taking care of your loved ones, a walking project to walk every block, both sides, of the island of Manhattan "MywalkinManhattan" and discuss what I see and find on the streets of New York and three sites to accompany it. One is an arts site called "Visiting a Museum", where I showcase small museums, historical sites and parks that are off the beaten track both in Manhattan and outside the city to cross reference with "MywalkinManhattan" blog site. Another is "DiningonaShoeStringNYC", featuring small restaurants I have found on my travels in this project, that offer wonderful meals for $10.00 and under. So be on the lookout for updates on all three sites and enjoy 'MywalkinManhattan'. The third is my latest site, "LittleShoponMainStreet", which showcases all the unique and independent shops that I have found on my travels throughout and around Manhattan. I have started two new blog sites for the fire department, one "EngineOneHasbrouck HeightsFireDepartmentnj" for the Hasbrouck Heights Fire Department to discuss what our Engine Company is doing and the other is "BergenCountyFireman'sHomeAssociation" for the Bergen County Fireman's Association, which fire fighters from Bergen County, NJ, go to the Fireman's Home in Boonton, NJ to bring entertainment and cheer to our fellow brother fire fighters quarterly.
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1 Response to Sleep Safer: A fire resistant mattress can save your life

  1. jwatrel says:

    Please check out the website for more information on mattress safety.

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