The National Fire Protection Association reports that between the years of 2005 and 2009 there were roughly 10,260 fires that began with the igniting of mattresses or bedding. These fires claim the lives of 371 people each year and result in approximately $382 million in property damage annually.
One of the best loved features of PlushBeds’ natural latex mattresses is the coolness factor. And we’re not talking about the fact that it’s “hip” to buy one of our latex mattresses (though we certainly think it is), but about the fact that the mattresses sleep cool temperature wise — unlike other foam mattresses on the market today.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), on behalf of the U.S. government, established regulations beginning July 1, 2007 that requires all mattresses sold in the United States to meet certain fire retardant standards. The law further requires that mattress labeling includes information indicating that the mattress meets current federal regulations concerning flammability.
Flame retardant chemicals, known as PBDE, found in some common household items, such as carpeting, baby strollers, and certain types of mattresses, may be linked to cognitive problems in children, according to a study conducted by researchers at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine.