Health Canada

Health Canada

August 14, 2008 08:00 ET

Health Canada Advises Canadians of Flammability Hazard Associated With Certain Futons

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Aug. 14, 2008) - Health Canada is advising the Canadian public that futons under the "Masters Futon Mfg" label purchased at the retail location of Futons Heaven Sent in Edmonton, Alberta pose a possible flammability hazard. Futons that were manufactured and sold between November 3, 2007 and January 7, 2008 do not meet the minimum flammability requirements. Futons under that label manufactured and sold outside of those dates may also not meet the minimum flammability requirements.

The Hazardous Products (Mattresses) Regulations require that all mattresses, including futons, resist ignition when tested with a smouldering cigarette ignition. Under the law it is prohibited to sell or give away products that do not meet the requirements of the Hazardous Products Act or its regulations.

To date, Health Canada has not received any reports of incidents or injuries from the use of these products.

Consumers, particularly those who smoke, who are in possession of the "Masters Futon Mfg" label futons, should discontinue using the product. Health Canada reminds all consumers not to smoke in bed, and to install and maintain at least one working smoke alarm on each level of the home, preferably outside of each bedroom. For specific information on mattress flammability safety and tips to help reduce the risk, please visit the Mattresses, Futons and Bedding page on the Health Canada Web site. (http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/cps-spc/house-domes/decor/mat-eng.php)

For further information, consumers can contact the Health Canada Product Safety office nearest them, by calling 1-866-662-0666 toll-free, or e-mail cps-spc@hc-sc.gc.ca (if contacting via e-mail, please indicate the province or territory from which you are corresponding).

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