NFPA-261(13): Standard Method of Test for Determining Resistance of Mock-Up Upholstered Furniture Material Assemblies to Ignition by Smoldering Cigarettes

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NFPA-261(13): Standard Method of Test for Determining Resistance of Mock-Up Upholstered Furniture Material Assemblies to Ignition by Smoldering Cigarettes
Head off fires. Measure flammability risks using the test methods for mock-up upholstered furniture in the 2013 NFPA 261.

Cigarette ignition of upholstered furniture is a major cause of life loss due to fire in the United States. The 2013 NFPA 261: Standard Method of Test for Determining Resistance of Mock-Up Upholstered Furniture Material Assemblies to Ignition by Smoldering Cigarettes provides the latest laboratory testing procedures for evaluating how resistant to ignition mock-up upholstered furniture is when exposed to smoldering cigarettes under specified conditions.

Topics addressed include:

  • Test apparatus
  • Conditioning
  • Test specimens
  • Testing procedures
  • Safety precautions
  • Reporting

Essential for testing laboratories and manufacturers, the 2013 NFPA 261 specifies a new type of cigarette for the ignition source because the cigarette traditionally used is no longer available. (Softbound, 10 pp., 2013)