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If you're making a donation of goods to us, it's important that you know a few things about safety labels.
Some furniture need them and some don't.
They're a few different safety labels for different types of furniture, read on to learn which safety labels your donation needs to have.
The following items require a fire label:
-Beds and mattresses
-Loose covers and stretch covers
-Nursery furniture – cots, high chairs etc
-Garden furniture with soft coverings
-Furniture in caravans
The following items do not require a Fire label:
-Duvets and bedding
-Furniture made before 1950
Upholstered furniture that has been reupholstered or refilled since 1988 must meet the current legal requirements regardless of when the furniture was originally made.
We can't sell furniture without a permanent label.
All furniture that meets the conditions must be labelled with permanent labels. They're three types of display label to use depending on the circumstances. The permanent label is headed ‘Carelessness causes fire’ If a piece of furniture has a permanent label in red letters, it does not meet the requirements, as these labels were used before the current laws came into force.
Beds and mattresses including headboards must also have a permanent fire label which conforms to the BS 7177, this is the British safety specification for resistance to ignition of mattresses, divans and bed bases.
There are no requirements specifically for glass in furniture. However, the law says that all goods must be safe, newer goods will be labelled with BS 7449 or BS 7376 kite-marks
However if your item doesn't appear to have these kite-marks then they must meet these requirements:
• exposed edges must be smoothed or sloped
• adequate size and strength of supports for shelves and table tops
• adequate strength, security and stability of glass