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Flammable Clothing and Bedding

When it comes to our clothing or bedding, there are various factors that most people tend to consider. Style, cut, color, fit, pattern, quality, comfort, and on and on. The thing we don’t think about very often is whether we are wearing or sleeping on a hazardous material. Clothing and bedding can be dangerous and cause death or serious injuries. Clothing and bedding that is properly made should not be unreasonably flammable, but the disturbing fact is that you could be wearing or sleeping in a very unsafe material.

How common is this problem?

It’s more common than you might think. In 1953, the Flammable Fabrics Act (FFA) was passed in response to a 1940s rise in burn injuries from flammable children’s clothing. In 1972, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), a federal agency, was created to administer the FFA. To this day, the CPSC still grapples with the dangers of flammable clothing and bedding. In 2002, the CPSC reported that flammable bedding caused 1,170 injuries, 380 deaths, and $269.2 million in property loss.


The following are safety tips that can help to prevent flammable clothing and bedding accidents:

  • Don’t light candles or matches in or near your bed.
  • Don’t smoke in bed.
  • Keep your bed away from fireplaces, space heaters, and stoves.
  • Make sure smoke detectors are working properly.
  • Remember that flame retardant fabrics can still go up in flames; it just takes longer for them to burn.
  • Learn about and teach your children about fire safety.
Why you need a lawyer if injured:

A lawyer will make sure that there is an investigation into the causes of the accident to determine who is responsible. A good lawyer will explore all possible avenues of liability.

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