POINT, N.C. – The Upholstered Furniture Action Council (UFAC), a
voluntary industry association organized to conduct research into more
cigarette-resistant upholstered furniture, unveiled a new hangtag at
the International Home Furnishings Market in April 2001.
New Hangtag - Front
new tag is designed to be simpler and easier for consumers to read, and
it contains an added precaution about small open flames such as matches,
candles and lighters. It also is 20% larger, making it more readable.
The revised format is intended to gain the attention of the purchasers
of the product.
UFAC’s hangtag program, developed 23 years ago, was designed to help
reduce the number of cigarette-ignited fires in upholstered furniture.
Manufacturers who participate in the program – and use the gold UFAC
hangtags – agree to meet the construction criteria outlined by the
program to reduce the likelihood of upholstery fires. The hangtag, which
is applied by the manufacturer at the factory, indicates to the consumer
that the furniture meets these criteria.
UFAC program has been credited with helping to contribute to a 79.3%
reduction in the number of upholstered furniture fires started by
tri-fold UFAC tags are presented in English, French and Spanish so that
they can be understood by people all over North America. The
organization provides the tags at a nominal cost to the manufacturer.
Revenues are used to finance the UFAC voluntary program, including
compliance verification, to fund additional research and to promote the
program to the industry and consumers.
New Hangtag - Back