Most shoppers looking for a new mattress focus on how firm or soft it is—but what they might not think about is whether the mattress contains fire-retardant chemicals and how fire-resistant mattresses can save lives.
Per 2007 safety regulations by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), all mattresses must contain flame retardants that can withstand exposure to an open flame for extended periods. These chemicals help ensure folks have time to get out of their beds if a fire should break out while they’re asleep.
The CPSC estimates that the fire-retardant chemicals found in a mattress save 270 lives and prevent over 1,300 injuries per year.
How do I know if my mattress complies?
If your mattress was manufactured for sale in the U.S., it must comply with the CPSC’s guidelines. To be sure, you can check your mattress tag. Each tag must state that the mattress meets federal flammability standards.
Are these chemicals dangerous?
Although fire-resistant mattresses can save lives, there are still folks who are hesitant about the fire-retardant chemicals used in the manufacturing process. After all, it’s not necessarily comforting to think that you’re sleeping on top of a bunch of chemicals. The good news is that reputable manufacturers use chemicals that are both safe to sleep on and can save your life.
Tips to stay safe at night
Besides ensuring your home has fire-resistant mattresses, here are a few other ways that you can prevent a fire and stay safe while you’re asleep:
- Install smoke detectors: Although they won’t stop a fire, smoke detectors are essential for helping you escape a fire. Each bedroom should have its own smoke detector, and there should be at least one smoke detector on each floor in a home.
- Don’t smoke in bed: Smoking is attributed to 5 percent of house fires each year and 21 percent of house fire deaths. Keep yourself and your family safe by not smoking inside or in your bed where you could fall asleep with a cigarette in your mouth.
- Extinguish candles before bed: Lighting candles around the house can set an intimate mood—but they’re also responsible for over 15,000 house fires per year. Never get in bed before snuffing out all of the candles both in your room and throughout the house.
- Avoid using space heaters in the bedroom: Portable electric space heaters come in handy to keep your room nice and toasty on cold winter evenings. While today’s models are safer than older ones, they can start a fire if they tip over. Be sure to either turn your space heaters off or unplug them before hopping in bed.
Is it time for a new mattress?
If you’re having trouble sleeping at night or if you don’t currently have a fire-resistant mattress, shop our selection at Beds For Less. We have a massive inventory of fire-resistant mattresses sold at some of the most competitive prices you’ll find in town. Come try them out for yourself, and be sure to ask our team for helpful tips and advice!
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