In order for Safe Haven to be able to sell the items that you donate, some of them have to meet certain safety standards stipulated by law:

Safety Standards

We can only accept items in accordance with UK fire safety standards. Mattresses and upholstered bed bases have to be in a good clean condition with no rips, tears or stains. The items must also have a fire label which refers to BS7177 – which is the British safety specification for resistance to ignition of mattresses, divans and bed bases.

Fire Safety Labels

The Furniture and Furnishings (Fire Safety) Regulations 1988 (as amended in 1989, 1993 and 2010) set levels of fire resistance for domestic upholstered furniture, furnishings and other products containing upholstery. UK regulations are designed to ensure that upholstery components and composites used for furniture supplied in the UK meet specified ignition resistance levels and are suitably labelled. They are permanent and will be stitched or stapled onto the item. Fire labels are usually located on external surfaces or inside removable seating or cushions.

There are various versions of fire labels as shown below:

An example of Fire Labels we accept – scroll to view: