We all heard the horror stories: babies and young children trapped in horrible fires, burned to death on furniture that acted like a tinderbox, thanks to the fact that it was filled with flammable textiles and wooden support elements. The specter of losing lives to unsafe furniture was so ominous that it convinced regulatory authorities to act, mandating the addition of flame-retardant chemicals to furniture products sold in the state of California -- and thanks to the fact that the state accounted for a huge percentage of the market, it meant that effectively all furnishings sold in the US included these chemicals.  See full article.

  We all heard the horror stories: babies and young children trapped in horrible fires, burned to death on furniture that acted like a tinderbox, thanks to the fact that it was filled with flammable textiles and wooden support elements. The specter of losing lives to unsafe furniture was so ominous that it convinced regulatory authorities to act, mandating the addition of flame-retardant chemicals to furniture products sold in the state of California -- and thanks to the fact that the state accounted for a huge percentage of the market, it meant that effectively all furnishings sold in the US included these chemicals.  See full article.