Most people think only of comfort and price when purchasing new mattresses, but anyone doing so in the US from now on will also get peace of mind. That’s because the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has ordered that every new mattress manufactured in or imported into the country must meet a new flammability standard.
The new performance standard, 16 CFR Part 1633, is designed to reduce the severity of mattress fires ignited by open flame sources such as candles, matches and lighters. CPSC believes that 270 deaths and 1,330 injuries will be prevented by the tougher standard each year.
“The new federal flammability standard limits the spread and intensity of a mattress fire. That will give consumers valuable time to escape their homes if there’s a fire and it will save lives,” says CPSC Acting Chair Nancy Nord.
Look for a label on any new mattress stating that it meets the federal flammability requirement.