When we picture fires occurring at home, we often imagine them starting in the kitchen whilst cooking hot food, but did you know the bedroom, particularly the bed, is also a common place for fires to start?

This Fire Prevention Week, we’re sharing how to ensure your mattress isn’t a potential inferno waiting to happen. Did you know that a mattress – particularly those containing foam – without any fire-retardant properties can become an inferno of flames and poisonous gases within three to four minutes?

While most UK bed manufacturers produce safe, compliant products that are what they say they are, some rogue traders try to pass off inferior products as luxury items or worse – unsafe and unhygienic mattresses.

How can I be sure my new bed is safe and meets all the flammability regulations?

Be wary of buying very cheap mattresses or ones from the back of a van that may be using fake flammability labels. Remember – if something appears too good to be true, it usually is! Watch our video on the white van scam.

Bed Advice UK How to fire-proof your bedroom this Fire Prevention Week

Secondly, look for the NBF Big Tick label. The ‘Made by an approved NBF member’ is given to National Bed Federation (NBF) approved members that have undergone rigorous independent auditing. The testing certifies that they comply with strict regulations on flammability, cleanliness of fillings and trade descriptions and meet other important legal obligations relating to the manufacture of their products.  

The NBF champions good practice and high standards in the UK bed industry because we know everyone wants to have a great night’s sleep with total peace of mind.

Find out more about fire retardant (FR) chemicals in our FAQs.

Other points to consider for fire safety in the bedroom:

  • Avoid smoking in bed or while lying on the sofa so you don’t accidentally fall asleep with a lit cigarette.
  • Close bedroom doors. House fires spread quickly and closing bedroom doors at night can create fire protection.
  • Be careful with candles – especially around curtains and bedding – and make sure they are put out before going to sleep. Ideally, keep candles out of the bedroom.
  • Keep flammable products like hairspray in a cool dark cupboard.
  • Unplug all unnecessary electrical appliances.
  • Be aware that reading lamps with spotlights can cause bedclothes to catch fire if they come into contact.
  • Check your smoke alarms regularly and replace them every 10 years.

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