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ASTM WK21353

New Test Methods for Standard Test Methods for Fire Testing of Components and Composites of Upholstered Furniture Using Flaming Ignition Sources

1. Scope

1.SCOPE 1.1This fire-test response method contains a series of small-scale test methods for assessing the fire-test-response characteristics of components and composites of upholstered furniture using flaming ignition sources, for the materials and systems described in 1.2 and 1.3. 1.2This fire-test-response method contains methods for assessing the fire-test-response characteristics of the following materials to flaming ignition sources: upholstery cover materials (see 3.2.3), upholstery materials (or foams or resilient cellular filling materials, see 3.2.8), dust cover materials (see 3.2.1), fiber filling materials and loose filling materials. 1.3This fire-test-response method also contains a fire test method for assessing the fire-test-response characteristics of overall upholstered furniture mockup composites to flaming ignition sources. 1.4This test method does not contain a full scale test method on upholstered furniture items. 1.5Use the SI system of units in referee decisions; see ASTM SI-10. The units given in parentheses are for information only. 1.6This standard is used to measure and describe the response of materials, products, or assemblies to heat and flame under controlled conditions, but does not by itself incorporate all factors required for fire-hazard or fire-risk assessment of the materials, products, or assemblies under actual fire conditions. 1.7This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use. (For specific hazards see section 8). 1.8Fire testing is inherently hazardous. Adequate safeguards for personnel and property shall be employed in conducting these tests.


fabric, fire, flammability, foam, furniture, ignition, resilient cellular foam, upholstered, upholstery cover material, upholstery material


ASTM E5 does not have a small open flame fire test for components or composites of upholstered furniture

The title and scope are in draft form and are under development within this ASTM Committee.


Developed by Subcommittee: E05.15

Committee: E05

Staff Manager: Kevin Shanahan

Work Item Status

Date Initiated: 09-20-2008

Technical Contact: Marcelo Hirschler

Item: 002

Ballot: E05.15 (08-04)

Status: Will Reballot Item