A statistical report to investigate the effectiveness of the Furniture and Furnishings (Fire) (Safety) Regulations 1988
There were two main objectives to this project:
To identify the current effectiveness of the Furniture and Furnishings (Fire) (Safety) Regulations 1988 (FFRs);
To assess what benefits can be ascribed to each of the tests, in particular the Crib 5 test.
This was to enable the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) to establish if the additional stringency of the flammability requirements in the FFRs, above that of the European provisions, continue to be effective and necessary.
We found that the regulations are saving 54 lives each year and are also preventing 780 injuries and around 1000 fires per year. This equates to cost savings in the region of £140m per annum.
The full report has been published on the BIS website.