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California Fire Safety and Flame Retardants

Hightower values being up-to-date on all industry standards and regulations. California has long been a pioneer in advancements around sustainability, particularly as it pertains to fire safety and flame retardants in furniture. The various regulations can be difficult to navigate, so we have outlined key information below, including information about fabric selection.

Fire Codes

CAL TB 117-13

  • California Technical Bulletin 117-2013
  • Passed in 2013, replacing the old version of the 1975 standard, CALTB117
  • Allows upholstered furniture to meet flammability requirements without the use of flame retardants
  • Does not prohibit the use of flame retardants

SF 211-27

  • San Francisco Ordinance 211-2017
  • Effective January 1, 2019
  • Prohibits the use of flame retardants in upholstered products at levels above 1,000ppm (.1%)

CAL TB 133

  • California Technical Bulletin 133
  • Repealed effective January 22, 2019

What about Fabric?

Fabric is considered separately from our products, in most cases.

  • For products to meet CAL117-2013 or SF 211-17, a compliant fabric must be specified
  • For standardly upholstered products that are Indoor Advantage Gold Certified, we are working to support our clients in guiding them towards compliant fabrics.

For more information, please contact our Sustainability Manager, Michaela Shaw.
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