PROOF THAT FLAME RETARDANTS IN UK FURNITURE INCREASE FIRE DEATHS
From a UCLAN press release dated 14th December 2017:
Professor Richard Hull unveils new research
Breakthrough research has revealed that flame retardants used in domestic furniture increase the amount of toxic chemicals produced when it burns, increasing the likelihood of death following the outbreak of a fire.
Full press release available here:
Full Chemosphere paper here: chemosphere_paper.pdf
It's important to bear in mind that the testing research undertaken to inform this paper was carried out on furniture constructs that actually pass the current match test in the Furniture Regulations. In other words, even if your sofa complies with the match test, you are still at risk from toxic poisoning should it catch fire. However, the findings of the government and Trading Standards shows that over 80% of UK sofas actually fail the match test in practice.
Which means the danger from toxic poisoning is even greater than this paper describes.
BEIS recently issued a statement to a journalist claiming that there is no evidence the Furniture Regulations are not effective. This is a total lie, brazenly made in the face of BEIS's own published evidence - available from their website - that the current match test mainly fails in practice.
In short, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy is knowingly keeping the entire country at risk from toxic poisoning, and sitting on the solution it came up with in 2014 but has been too gutless or corrupt or both to implement.