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Fire Safety Requirements for Upholstered Furniture and Furnishings

Fire Safety Requirements for Upholstered Furniture and Furnishings


Effective Date: May 19, 2010


Policy Statement

This policy outlines the University's guidelines for endeavoring to follow applicable fire codes when furnishing spaces.


Reasons for the Policy

Changes in the New York City Fire Code (promulgated July 1, 2008) specify exemptions to requirements for the use of fire rated upholstered furniture and fabrics in rooms or spaces protected by approved automatic sprinkler systems. This policy clarifies the fire rating requirements for newly introduced upholstered furniture and furnishings.

In addition, the University complies with California Technical Bulletin 133 (CAL 133) for all upholstered furniture in dormitory and hospital occupancies and follows the mattress testing standards of the New York City Fire Code.


Responsible University Office & Officer

The Office for Fire Safety is responsible for the development, implementation and maintenance of this policy as it relates to fire and life safety. Morningside Facilities Operations and CUMC Facilities Management are the Responsible Offices for Fire and Life Safety.


Revision History

This policy revises the Fire Safety Requirements for Upholstered Furniture and Furnishings policy issued December 1, 2009.  This policy was last revised on March 22, 2016.


Who Is Governed By This Policy

All faculty, staff and affiliates of the University who are responsible for the purchase of furniture or furnishings.


Who Should Know This Policy

All faculty, staff, affiliates and students of Columbia University are governed by this policy.


Exclusions & Special Situations



Policy Text

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