Commercial Fire Testing: VF Passes CAL 117 & CAL 133

VF Chiavari Chairs and Cushion Pads Pass Commercial Fire Testing Standards!

CAL 133 & CAL 117 Fire Testing

CAL 133 Chiavari Chair

1st CAL 133 Test with Board Cushion: PASSED

At Vision Furniture the main goal with all of our products has always been reliability. And a big part of being reliable is being safe. This is why we not only upgraded our chairs to meet all BIFMA commercial furniture testing standards (we have the only Chiavari Chair on the market that passes all 6 BIFMA tests!) but, we also had our chairs and most of our cushion fabrics tested and certified to pass both CAL 117 & CAL 133 Flame Resistance regulations.


To meet CAL 117 & 133 we ran tests through an independent third party on our Chiavari Chairs, Board Cushions, and Classic Poly-Twill Chiavari Cushions. The results were then compared to test criteria established on the CAL 117 & 133 technical bulletins and a pass/fail rating was given.


Spoiler Alert: We passed both tests!


What is CAL 117?

California Technical Bulletin 117 (abbreviated CAL 117) is the standard for testing the flame retardance of filling materials used in the upholstered furniture industry. This includes but is not limited to: Ballrooms, Event Spaces, Venues, Restaurants, Hospitals, Hotels, Auditoriums, Churches or any other public or private institution that provides seating to 10+ people.

Basically, this test determines how easy it is to ignite a piece of furniture and what is the burning rate when the material is exposed to an open flame for 1 second. The point of this test is to rule out extremely flammable materials that will catch fire quickly and spread. Vision Furniture cushions passed this off-site test with flying colors! So then we moved on to the more rigorous test that is more difficult to pass – CAL 133.

What is CAL 133?

California Technical Bulletin 133 (abbreviated CAL 133) is a regulation for the upholstered furniture industry, just like CAL 117. The objective of CAL 133 is to help in containing the spread of fire through highly flammable materials like foams, fabrics and other materials. Both our Chiavari Chair and our thickest cushion were placed in an off-site testing room and ignited by being exposed to an open flame. Then the temperature, smoke, the amount of carbon monoxide generated and other measurements were captured and recorded.

We passed again! (see video from most recent test with thickest Classic Style Cushion)


Why Insist on Products that Pass CAL 117 & 133 Testing?

Business owners who purchase products that are not flame retardant are liable because their products can act as a fuel source in case a fire breaks out. By insisting on only investing in products that are tested and proven safe, you can keep your customers and your business safe as well.

These regulations were established (and are required) in California, but have been adopted and are also required in other states like Massachusetts, and especially in Boston. Additionally, states that do not require this testing by law are beginning to recruit state fire marshals to enforce them.

Over Vision Furniture’s 12 years in business we have upgraded our materials many times to reach the high level of quality that we have established today. We are so thrilled to have created a product that is not only beautiful but also durable, safe and reliable.

Invest in the best – insist on safe and reliable products. Choose Vision!


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