Industry guide to futon flammability requirements in Canada - Summary

From Health Canada


This guide provides information about the safety requirements that apply under the Mattresses Regulations to futon mattresses ("futons") that are manufactured, imported, advertised or sold in Canada, in particular information regarding:

  • Flammability requirements for futons
  • Summary of the test method
  • How flame retardant chemicals, futon materials and construction methods influence the flammability characteristics of futons
  • Informing consumers on fire safety

Information in this guide also applies to mattresses in general.

In addition to the product-specific requirements noted in this guide, it is prohibited to manufacture, import, advertise or sell any consumer product that is a "danger to human health or safety" as defined in the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act (CCPSA) (see paragraphs 7(a) and 8(a) of the Act).

Who this guide is for

  • Manufacturers, importers, distributors and retailers of mattresses, particularly futons
  • Other interested parties who are affected by the regulations

In this guide

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Details and history

Published: December 29, 2016
Updated: August 2021

For assistance

For further information visit the resources in Appendix A of this guide or contact a Health Canada Consumer Product Safety Office via email ( or telephone at 1-866-662-0666 (toll-free within Canada and the United States).

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