Federal Flammability Standards
What you should know about the Federal Mattress Flammability Standards. Effective July 2007, mattress sets are required to meet the federal safety standard for open-flame resistance.
According to the Sleep Products Safety Commission, fire tests show that, in many cases, a Flame Retardant (FR) standard-compliant mattress that is used with a pre-standard foundation (box spring) will fail the standard’s testing requirements. So mixing a new mattress with an old foundation may pose a safety risk to you and your family. The mattress and foundation should be replaced at the same time.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) standards give you and your family more time to escape before any fire gets out of control. Mattress labels show that the mattress meets federal mattress flammability requirements. It is important to note that increased fire resistance does not mean there is no fire risk entirely.