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This Web site was created in association with
National Candle Association


We work with related organizations and regulatory bodies to support public safety and research efforts. SPSC's partnerships have included:

  • Alliance for the Polyurethanes Industry
    The mission of API, a division of the American Plastics Council, is to promote the health and vigor of the polyurethanes industry. Through its many programs and activities, API works to manage issues that affect the industry, including mattress flammability.
  • American Academy of Pediatrics
    The academy's 55,000 members in the United States, Canada, and Latin America include pediatricians, pediatric medical subspecialists, and pediatric surgical specialists. AAP's goal is to attain optimal physical, mental, and social health and well being for all infants, children, adolescents, and young adults.
  • American Textile Manufacturers Institute
    ATMI, which serves as the national trade association for the U.S. textile industry, places a priority on household and mattress fire prevention. Its member companies operate in more than 30 states and process nearly 75 percent of all textile fibers used by plants in the United States.
  • International Association of Fire Chiefs
    IAFC's mission is to provide leadership to career and volunteer chiefs, chief fire officers, and managers of Emergency Services Organizations throughout the international community. Through education and services, IAFC represents and enhances its members' professionalism and capabilities.
  • Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association
    JPMA is a national trade association formed in 1962 and includes more than 400 member companies in the United States, Canada and Mexico. These companies manufacture and/or import infant products. The primary goal of JPMA is to develop consumer education programs related to product safety. More than 20 years ago, JPMA established a voluntary Certification Program. JPMA exists to advance the interests, growth and well being of the juvenile products industry through advocacy, public relations, information sharing and business development opportunities.
  • Lighter Association
    This association, which represents manufacturers and distributors of cigarette and cooking-grill lighters, works to promote the safety of all types of lighters. Read more about federal safety standards for child-resistant and multi-purpose lighters.
  • National Association of State Fire Marshals
    NASFM's mission is to protect human life, property, and the environment from fire, as well as to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of State Fire Marshals' operations. We worked with the association to study residential mattress fires, gathering data on the source and scope of those set by open flames (lighters, matches, candle). We presented our finding to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.
  • National Candle Association
    This professional association works to promote consumer acceptance and use of candles and candle accessories, while encouraging their safe usage.
  • National Cotton Council
    NCC's mission is to ensure that all segments of the U.S. cotton industry have the ability to compete effectively and profitably at home and abroad and that the products they create all meet safety and flammability regulations.
  • National Crime Prevention Council
    The National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC) is a private, nonprofit tax-exempt [501(c)(3)] organization whose primary mission is to enable people to create safer and more caring communities by addressing the causes of crime and violence and reducing the opportunities for crime to occur. For more information on children’s issues, visit or visit for information on many topics and issues related to crime prevention.
  • National Institute of Standards and Technology
    Established in 1901, NIST strengthens the U.S. economy and improves the quality of life by working with industry to develop and apply technology, measurements, and standards. NIST's Building and Fire Research Laboratory, a state-of-the-art research facility, is staffed by world-renowned scientists and supplies technical and scientific advice and counsel to the business, government, industry, scientific and legal communities. The laboratory's projects have included developing the Hazard I fire-modeling software program.
  • Polyurethane Foam Association
    This association promotes the use of polyurethane foam in manufactured and industrial products, such as mattresses. In addition, it provides facts on the foam's safety and health issues, educating consumers and other groups.
  • Residential Fire Safety Institute
    This public interest group, created in 1982, promotes fire-safe homes. Along with providing fire-safety education, RFSI encourages the use of built-in fire protection.
  • U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
    This independent federal regulatory agency helps keep American families safe by reducing the risk of injury or death from consumer products. We have a well-established relationship with the CPSC, working closely together to ensure that federal safety standards protect consumers without imposing overly burdensome requirements on mattress manufacturers. One such example is in the early 1970s, the bedding industry worked with the CPSC to develop the Federal Mattress Flammability Standard. Today, we continue to work with regulators to develop effective, workable standards and to promote industry compliance.
  • U.S. Fire Administration
    As part of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), USFA's mission is to reduce life and economic losses due to fire and related emergencies. It does this through leadership, advocacy, coordination, and support.

Links to Related Organizations

Looking for information on other organizations that promote safety? Be sure to check out these sites:

  • National Fire Protection Association
    NFPA is working to reduce the worldwide burden of fire and other hazards on the quality of life. It is doing this by developing and advocating scientifically based consensus codes and standards, research, training, and education.
  • National SAFE KIDS Campaign
    The National SAFE KIDS Campaign is the first and only national organization dedicated solely to the prevention of unintentional childhood injury – the number one killer of children ages 14 and under.
  • National Safety Council
    As the nation's leading advocate for safety and health, NSC seeks to educate and influence society with innovative programs. The council has been working for generations to improve the safety, health, and environmental well-being of all people.
  • SafeUSA
    A working alliance of major public and private partners, SafeUSA's mission is two fold. It seeks to reduce the high rates of injuries and injury-related deaths in the United States. The organization also seeks to increase the levels of safety in the nation's homes, schools, work sites, transportation areas, and communities.

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