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Trading standards - Is your mattress safe?   Trading Standards have been cracking down on rogue traders selling illegal mattresses after an increase in complaints from consumers about cheap mattresses sold online or from the back of a van. The law requires that mattresses meet a level of fire resistance as laid down in the Brit- ish Standard, however it does not require that mattresses have a label to that effect. Rogue sellers may entice customers into thinking they are getting a bargain, for example by saying that they are selling clearance stock, or excess stock from a large hotel order.  The mattresses typically fail all fire safety tests as well as being filthy and unhygienic.  The items are often old and discarded mattresses that have been recovered and repackaged to look new. Some of the more brazen traders are even using the logos of well-known manufacturers and retailers on their vans to further fool consumers into believing they are ‘bagging a bargain’. Paper work given with the mattresses may contain limited or false information. Dorset Trading Standards Service has on two separate occasions prosecuted traders for selling mattresses which when tested failed the fire safety tests.  Devon and Somerset Trading Standards have issued warnings to residents as complaints about mattresses increased tenfold in the period from 2014 to 2016. Dorset Trading Standards Service advise that you do not purchase goods or services from people who approach you in the street or from callers who cold call on your doorstep.  If you want to report concerns over mattresses, or if you would like advice about your consumer rights, then please contact the Citizens Advice consumer helpline on 03454 040506.   Rebecca Phillips      Senior Trading Standards E nforcement Officer / Accredited Financial Investigator Dorset County Council Trading Standards Service   01305 224856          07966 800306