A new standard for mattress safety has been mandated by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) this month, requiring that mattresses manufactured on or after July 1, 2007 be more fire-resistant. The standard is aimed specifically at reducing the release of heat in the event that a mattress is ignited. CPSC estimates that design changes may prevent as many as 270 deaths and 1,330 injuries each year.
The agency also advises that the new standard doesn’t reduce the need to take bedroom fire safety precautions. The following common sense fire safety tips can still protect you from a fire:
- Never smoke in bed.
- Do not allow kids to play with candles, lighters, matches or smoking materials.
- Do not fall asleep while a candle is burning.
- Extinguish candles before leaving the room.
- Have working smoke alarms on each level of the home and inside every bedroom.
- In case of fire, call 911 from a safe location.
Previously on the DC Metro Area Personal Injury Law Blog, we have reported on:
- An oil-filled electric heater recall
- Declining U.S. fire codes
- Fire Safety Month
- Extension cord fire safety
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