TB116 Requirements, Test Procedure and Apparatus for Testing the Flame Retardance of Upholstered Furniture

TECHNICAL BULLETIN 116 Requirements, Test Procedure and Apparatus for Testing the Flame Retardance of Upholstered Furniture

I. Upholstered furniture means any product as set forth in Section 19006 of the State of California Home Furnishings Act.

1. An article of upholstered furniture fails to meet the provisions of law if any of the following conditions occur:
A. If obvious flaming combustion occurs.
B. If a char develops more than two inches in any direction from the cigarette, measured from its nearest point.

2. Flame retardant properties shall be retained by the furniture under all normal conditions of temperature,humidity and use.

II. Test Materials
1. Cigarettes. Cigarettes shall be made from natural tobacco and shall be 85 ± 2 mm long with a diameter of 0.3 ± 0.02 inches and a weight of 1.1 gms ± 0.1 gms. Filter tip cigarettes shall not be used.

2. Furniture. The article of upholstered furniture tested shall be: (a) the finished product ready for sale to the consumer; or (b) a prototype mock-up of actual components which duplicate the design and structure of the finished product.