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February 28, 2013 12:00 AM

Viewpoints: State flammability rule change poses a fiery risk to consumers

A movement is taking place in the Golden State to turn back the clock on a fire safety standard that has provided an important layer of protection to Californians for over 35 years. On Feb. 8, the state released a proposal to revise one of the state's fire safety standards for upholstered furniture, known as Technical Bulletin 117, by removing the standard's "open-flame tests." Without complying with flame tests, furniture that comes into contact with an open-flame, such as lighters, candles and matches, will ignite and burn more vigorously.

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