The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is pushing a proposal to require all home furnishing products sold in the United States be nonflammable. The CPSC has been trying to get this proposal passed for more than ten years because they believe such a standard could save about one hundred lives and prevent one hundred and thirty injuries annually. It would require consumer upholstered furniture be smolder and flame-resistant. The proposal does not specify how the manufacturers should meet the standards and would not specifically make them use flame-retardant chemicals on the products. The commissioners, in a 2-0 vote, have passed the proposal into a public comment period of seventy-five days, which will determine how the commission tests the furniture to see if they meet the flammability standards.
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