LOFA (the Leisure and Outdoor Furniture Association) is focusing on raising awareness of fire safety standards/regulations for garden furniture cushions in a new campaign, LOFAssured.

One of the conditions of LOFA membership is that members must adhere to a code of conduct, part of which is compliance with all current legislation – and it is this culture of propriety that retailers and customers buy into when they source products from LOFA members.

LOFA appointed FIRA (the Furniture Industry Research Association) and entered into a Primary Authority Partnership with Hertfordshire Trading Standards to aid the members in their quest for full compliance. Its members are now compliant, or have compliance pending.

The message to retailers and commercial and domestic customers is "look for LOFAssured products and buy from a LOFA member. Take comfort in being fully covered by the Furniture and Furnishings (Fire) (Safety) Regulations 1988 and 1993", and this will be promoted throughout the 2018 season and beyond.