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Fire label on leather settee?

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Guest Impressed peruser

Wow, Those are some impressively detailed responses Mr Sutton, you are a credit to this site.

Thank you for the info.

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Guest Fire label on each item?

Hi,

Looking to pass on a fabric 3 seater, 2 seater and a chair to a charity (British Heart Foundation). Looking at the sofas which were all bought as a set from a retailer more than 10 years ago, only the single chair has a fire label on it. The 2 and 3 seater just have the care instructions with batch number etc on it. Should each item have it's own label or is it okay if they are part of the same batch?

 

Thanks,

 

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Guest Karen

Hi there- we want to give our sofa away to charity - it's about 15 years old and we still have the labels required-   However they have come away from the staple so detached are these acceptable to give away?

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If you are sure they are the original labels, just staple them back, although the regulations say they should be permanently fixed, I have seen them stapled, but how permanent should permanently be?

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Guest Barbara

Hi Tom,

I have a lovely danish 1960s sofa (ercol style) that I would like to use in a rental property.  It has a polished wooden frame and the cushions, back and armrests are all upholstered in thick leather.  The cushion filling is goose feather.  Would the leather be regarded as fire retardant / fire resistant?

 

Many thanks

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Guest Kim w

Hi,

I have read that fire retardant fabric can lose its effectiveness over time, from normal wear and even from been cleaned.

So if I buy a second hand sofa which has the correct label attached, How do i know the fire retardant material is still effective.

Would you recommend getting a flame retardant coating re-appliwd?

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The problem is the only way to see if a material has lost its fire retardant properties would be to test it and that would destroy the piece of furniture. The Fire safety of furniture and furnishings in the home - A Guide to the UK Regulations only deal with the upholstered furniture at the time of manufacture, importing, resale or re-upholstery and to check the documentation for a further five years. Providing the sofa has the appropriate permanent label attached you are legally correct but if you need reassurance then have the flame retardant coating re-applied.

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Guest Testing Fire regulations !

Hi Tom

 

Firstly, thank you for taking time to respond to all the questions !

We have a sofa (15 years old!!) in our rented out house. It has no label that we can find, which is strange as it is a Collins and Hayes sofa , and I just think it somehow came off. The problem, that we have is that if we remove the sofa, we need to get fitters to remove balcony doors etc. I have no doubt that it is compliant but just cannot prove it !

There may be labels on the cushions but does there need to be one on the frame itself ?

If we have them on cushions, can we just spray the frame with fire retardant?

Are there companies that "test"?

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There needs to be a permanent label on each separate  item of the sofa and if one has come loose then there isn't much you can do about it especially if it it 15 years old. Records only have to be held for five years, so there is no chance of getting a copy, but if you are happy with it then the only problem to arise, is if you decide to sell it or give it to a charity.

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