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Q: I have an old 'Rest Assured' bed and mattress and am not sure if the latter would be suitable for use in my holiday letting property. Can you tell me from when mattresses were made to comply with modern standards re fire and toxicity? Geoffrey Scruton

Since 1 March 1989 the regulations required for fillings in new beds to resist ignition in the way and to the degree specified in the Furnishings (Fire Safety) Regulations 1988. The recognised British Standard is BS 7177:2008 which requires both mattress and base to be labelled to show compliance. A mattress without a fire regulations label cannot be deemed to comply with todays standard.