Another Risk to Buying Refurbished Mattresses: Fire Hazards

Some mattresses which have been restore and then resold for a cheaper price, normally carry many health risks, such as finding a bed bug palace underneath all the foam, with pests actually living in there for years, as they are left untouched by the restoration.

But there’s another danger to refurbished mattress, which a local channel has investigated. The danger is in the possible fire hazard this types of mattresses bring.

While you could save a lot on a 2nd hand or refurbished mattresses sold at some bedding store, you may actually be getting something that potentially puts your home at risk for being a fire hazard.

The threat is real according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Hundreds of people die each year in mattress and bedding fires. As a result, the CPSC adopted a new flammability standard in 2007. Now, in addition to the older smoldering cigarette rule, both new and renovated mattresses must pass an open flame test.

Under the new law, mattresses are allowed to catch fire, but they can not become fully ablaze. The smaller flames give people time to discover fires and escape. All mattresses manufactured after 2007 are subject to the law and must also be sold with a label indicating they meet the new standard. The law applies to both new and renovated mattresses.

To see what happens during the investigation, you can watch the video here:

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