Sacramento, California -- A majority of California legislators have voted to maintain California's tough fire standards, defeating proposed fire retardant ban bill AB 706.
According to pressure group Citizens for Fire Safety (CFFSI) the defeat "presents an excellent opportunity for the development of sensible legislation to address fire safety regulations in the state."
AB 706 would have proposed the replacement of the current California TB 117 open-flame standard with a standard that is yet to be developed, a CFFSI statement continued.
The bill was aiming to ban used of halogenated flame retardants in furnishings: "Fire retardants do make the difference between life and death. As a firefighter, I see how fire retardants are an effective life-saving tool. They increase the time it takes for fires to build in intensity and increase the escape time for people near the fire," said retired fire captain, Greg Lindfeldt, in the CFFSI statement.