Specifying Residential Upholstered Furniture to Safeguard Human Health

Is it possible to specify residential upholstered furniture that protects people from both fire and chemical hazards? This course explores this issue and highlights research related to fire barrier technology. 

This course explores specifying residential upholstered furniture that protects from fire and chemical hazards: 

  • Part 1 covers the need for safer residential upholstered furniture and the designer’s role
  • Part 2 explores flame retardants and their potential impact on health.  
  • Part 3 examines the role of furniture in residential fires
  • Part 4 describes strategies for evaluating furniture’s ignition resistance and flammability standards history
  • Part 5 highlights the research related to strategies for slowing ignition, focusing on the superior performance of a fire barrier
  • Part 6 covers fire barrier technology and how to specify residential upholstered furniture to safeguard human health. 


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What You Will Learn
  • Describe common flame retardants used in residential upholstered  furniture and their impact on human health. 
  • Explain the role of upholstered furniture in residential fires. 
  • Discuss various strategies for evaluating ignition resistance in residential upholstered furniture and the history of flammability standards. 
  • Summarize the role of a fire barrier in slowing ignition and safeguarding human health. 

Continuing Education Approvals
  • 1 IDCEC CEU | HSW | CC-115987 (Your CEU will be reported to IDCEC on your behalf)
  • 1 GBCI CE Hour | Course Number: 09200025447 (Please self-report GBCI credit hours. Certificate of completion provided)

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Access Period: One year after registration.

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