San Francisco Department of the Environment

Furniture Retailers - Choosing Furniture Without Flame Retardant Chemicals

Flame Retardant Chemicals in Upholstered Furniture and Juvenile Products Ordinance 

Beginning in January 2019, all upholstered furniture and certain children’s products sold in San Francisco must be free of flame retardant chemicals.

What Retailers Need to Know About the Ordinance

  • Upholstered furniture sold in San Francisco will need to have the TB 117-2013 label and SB 1019 language with an X next to “contain NO added flame retardant chemicals.”
  • This ordinance (PDF) applies to
    • New upholstered furniture.
    • Reupholstered furniture that contains new foam.
    • Certain new children's products such as strollers, nursing pillows, children's nap mats, etc.
  • This ordinance does not apply to used or second-hand furniture.
  • An establishment or other person may submit a petition for a waiver from strict compliance if strict compliance would cause severe hardship or is infeasible.

Furniture Retailers

FAQs for Retailers Selling Upholstered Home Furniture in San Francisco (PDF)
Manufacturers making furniture without flame retardant chemicals
Health and Risk Summary (PDF)
Legislation Summary (PDF)

Flame Retardant Label