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Organizations Recognized for Fire Prevention Leadership

National Association of State Fire Marshals Wishes to Express its Appreciation to:

The International Sleep Products Association (ISPA) and the Sleep Products Safety Council (SPSC) for their extraordinary leadership in fire prevention.

Thirty years ago, ISPA was the first organization to work with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. The result was a mandatory federal cigarette ignition standard for mattresses.

Over the years, ISPA and SPSC quietly and conscientiously supported fire prevention programs and kept an eye on the fire statistics. Then, when it became apparent that small open-flame ignitions of mattresses were a problem, the mattress industry group and the Commission discussed the need for yet another standard.

The result has been the industry-funded research at the National Institute of Standards and Technology into the true nature of mattress fires.

Encouraged by burn survivors, fire officials and industry alike, the Commission says it will begin work on a standard later this year. Lives have been saved – and more lives will be saved – because mattress producers care enough to do the right thing.

"Partners in Fire Safety," National Association of State Fire Marshals. Issue 2, June 12, 2000.

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