2018 NFPA 261 Standard - Current Edition
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    Cigarette ignition of upholstered furniture is a major cause of life loss due to fire in the United States. Use the test methods in NFPA 261 to accurately measure ignition resistance for mock-up upholstered furniture.

    A must-have resource for testing laboratories and furniture manufacturers, the 2018 edition of NFPA 261: Standard Method of Test for Determining Resistance of Mock-Up Upholstered Furniture Material Assemblies to Ignition by Smoldering Cigarettes provides the latest laboratory testing procedures for evaluating how resistant to ignition mock-up upholstered furniture is when exposed to smoldering cigarettes under specified conditions.

    Coverage includes:

    • Test apparatus
    • Conditioning
    • Test specimens
    • Testing procedures
    • Safety precautions
    • Reporting

    The 2018 edition includes new annex material on repeatability and precision for testing laboratories to review. Stay up-to-date and help avoid fire tragedies. (Print, 24 pp., 2018)

     

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  • Table of Contents (2018 Current Edition)

    NFPA® 261 Standard Method of Test for Determining Resistance of Mock-Up Upholstered Furniture Material Assemblies to Ignition by Smoldering Cigarettes, 2018 Edition

    Chapter 1 Administration
    1.1 Scope.
    1.2 Purpose.
    1.3 Application.
    1.4 Summary of Method.
    1.5 Precision.
    Chapter 2 Referenced Publications
    2.1 General.
    2.2 NFPA Publications. (Reserved)
    2.3 Other Publications.
    2.4 References for Extracts in Mandatory Sections. (Reserved)
    Chapter 3 Definitions
    3.1 General.
    3.2 NFPA Official Definitions.
    3.3 General Definitions.
    Chapter 4 Test Apparatus
    4.1 Mock-Ups.
    4.2 Ignition Source.
    4.3 Sheeting Material.
    4.4 Test Area.
    4.5 Extinguishing Equipment.
    4.6 Miscellaneous.
    Chapter 5 Conditioning
    5.1 General.
    Chapter 6 Test Specimens
    6.1 General.
    6.2 Loose Seat Cushions.
    6.3 Decks.
    6.4 Tight Seat.
    6.5 Side and Back Panels.
    6.6 Bolsters.
    6.7 Tops of Armrests and Backs.
    Chapter 7 Testing Procedures
    7.1 Mock-Up Test Sample.
    7.2 Cigarette Locations.
    7.3 Crevice Location.
    7.4 Test Cigarette.
    7.5 Seat Cushion.
    7.6 Number of Test Cigarettes.
    7.7 Test Acceptance.
    7.8 Ignition.
    7.9 Char Length Measurement.
    7.10 Testing Environment.
    Chapter 8 Safety Precautions
    8.1 Test Termination.
    8.2 Exposure.
    Chapter 9 Reporting
    9.1 Reporting.
    Annex A Explanatory Material
    Annex B Commentary
    Annex C Informational References
  • Prior Editions

    2013 Edition

    Head off fires. Measure flammability risks using the test methods for mock-up upholstered furniture in the 2013 NFPA 261.

    Cigarette ignition of upholstered furniture is a major cause of life loss due to fire in the United States. The 2013 NFPA 261: Standard Method of Test for Determining Resistance of Mock-Up Upholstered Furniture Material Assemblies to Ignition by Smoldering Cigarettes provides the latest laboratory testing procedures for evaluating how resistant to ignition mock-up upholstered furniture is when exposed to smoldering cigarettes under specified conditions.

    Topics addressed include:

    • Test apparatus
    • Conditioning
    • Test specimens
    • Testing procedures
    • Safety precautions
    • Reporting

    Essential for testing laboratories and manufacturers, the 2013 NFPA 261 specifies a new type of cigarette for the ignition source because the cigarette traditionally used is no longer available. (Softbound, 10 pp., 2013)

     

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