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Safety labels on donated furniture

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.

Fire labels on soft furnishings

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been reupholstered or refilled since 1988 must meet the current legal requirements regardless of when the furniture was originally made.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.

The following items require a fire label:

  • Sofas
  • Beds and mattresses
  • Cushions
  • 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:

  • Sleeping bags
  • Duvets and bedding
  • Curtains
  • Furniture made before 1950
(Examples of permanent labels)

Long fire label

Frade long permanent fire label

Short fire label

Frade short permanent fire label

How can I tell if furniture meets the conditions?

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.

(Examples of non permanent labels)
Frade long permanent fire label
Frade short permanent fire label

Safety labels on beds and mattresses

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.

Safety labels beds, mattresses and divan bases

Frade long permanent fire label

Safety labels Headboards

Frade short permanent fire label

Safety labels on Glass

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

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