Consumers Warned: Gel-Memory Foam Pillows May Be Flammable

Good Housekeeping has made an interesting discovery about those new gel-infused memory foam products in the market. With many people complaining how warm memory foam is, the industry thought the gel bed would be the answer. This new technology supposedly is much cooler. However, while testing pillow products with gel technology for fire-safety, Good Housekeeping came up with this discovery:

WE FOUND that the blue foam in all three pillows flat-out flunked the “afterflame” test, which measures how long the product continues to burn after it is exposed to a direct flame. While the maximum average “afterflame” allowed by the standard is five seconds, the blue foam in Serta Gel Memory Foam Bed Pillow ($80), Sleep Innovations Gel Memory Foam Classic Pillow ($35), and Serta iComfort Contour Pillow ($99) had afterflames averaging 37.7 seconds, 44.1 seconds, and 89.4 seconds, respectively — extremely alarming numbers. We’re further concerned because one, the iComfort, bears a label stating that it meets the flammability requirements of CA 117. The good news: The mattress toppers passed the mattress flammability tests.

The company is urging a recall of pillows made with gel-memory foam material and have advised consumers to avoid buying these for now.

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