The Furniture and Furnishings (FIRE) (Safety) Regulations 1988 (amended 1989, 1993 and 1996) stipulate that specified items supplied in the course of letting a property must meet minimum fire resistant standards. The regulations apply to all upholstered furniture, beds, headboards and mattresses, sofa-beds, futons and other convertibles, nursery furniture, garden furniture suitable for use in a dwelling, scatter cushions, pillows and non-original covers for furniture. They do not apply to antique furniture or furniture produced prior 1950, bed clothes including duvets, loose covers for mattresses, pillowcases, curtains, carpets or sleeping bags. Therefore all relevant items above must be checked for compliance and non- compliant items removed from the premises. In practice, most (but not all) items which comply must have a suitable permanent label attached. Items purchased since 1st march 1990 from reputable supplier are also likely to comply.