What is the NFPA 260 Standard?
Like UFAC 1990, the National Fire Protection Association 260 (NFPA 260) measures fire resistance of upholstered furniture when exposed to cigarettes. However, this standard includes cover fabrics, interior fabrics, cords, decking and barrier materials, and filling or padding.
How is the test for NFPA 260 conducted?
The test applies a lit cigarette to the intersection of a vertical and horizontal sample replicating a chair. Think of where the back or arm meets the seat cushion. The analysis includes time to ignition and char length. The most fire-resistant go in Class A, which include samples with no ignition or char length of 1.75 inches or less. Others fall under Class B.