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Canada: Health Canada updated the industry guide to futon flammability requirements

MARCH 2019 - Relevant for: Softlines

On 28 February 2019, Health Canada published the updated industry guide to futon flammability requirements.1

This guide provides detailed information about the safety requirements for the futon mattresses ("futons") that are regulated under the Mattresses Regulations2, including:

  • Flammability requirements for futons

  • Summary of the test method

  • How chemical flame retardants, futon materials and construction influence the flammability characteristics of futons

  • Informing consumers on fire safety.


This industry guide also applies to mattresses in general. However, the Mattress Regulation and this industry guide does not cover:

  • mattress pads;

  • infant multi-use pads;

  • parts of upholstered furniture that may be used for the purpose of being slept on that are not separate mattresses;

  • crib, cradle or bassinet mattresses; and

  • one-of-a-kind prescription mattresses.


What is futons?

Futon mattresses ("futons") are Japanese-style mattresses that can be rolled up or folded.


What are the flammability requirements for futons under the Mattresses Regulations?

Test method


CAN/CGSB-4.2 No. 27.7-2013, Textile test methods — Combustion resistance of mattresses — Cigarette test

The following must not be exhibited in more than one test specimen:

  • melting or charring of the surface that extends more than 50 mm in any horizontal direction from the nearest point of the original location of the test cigarette, or
  • continuing combustion in the mattress assembly 10 minutes after the cigarette has extinguished.

[1] Industry guide to futon flammability requirements (Summary)

[2] Mattresses Regulations


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