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EU Furniture Fire Safety Standards: What Should Change

Posted by Martin Howarth on 18-Oct-2018 11:41:08

Among all the (current!) European Union member states, the UK has the highest and strictest fire safety standards for furniture and furnishings. This saves thousands of people every year from being injured or even dying by fire in their homes.

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Topics: Flame Retardants

FP 2109 Anti-Fungal Flame Fabric Flame Retardant

Posted by Martin Howarth on 02-Oct-2018 10:40:44

Our FP 2109 Flame retardant is a water-based impregnant compound designed for use with military grade fabrics – such as tent and marquee canvases. FP 2109 differs from other fabric flame retardants in the range of secondary benefits it applies to treated substrates.

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Product Focus: FP1398 General Purpose Flame Retardant Polyurethane Foam

Posted by Phil Morrison on 31-Aug-2018 11:47:01

In the wake of the Grenville Tower tragedy, flame retardant foams are receiving more publicity than ever. Our FP 1398 is a water based flame retardant polyurethane foam impregnant, with acoustic/thermal insulating properties. Foam impregnated with FP 1398 will meet the requirements UL94 V0 & 94-SV, BS 476 Part 5 and BS 476 Parts 6 and 7 Building Regulations Class “O”.

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Topics: Flame Retardants

Product Focus: FP 2112 Flame Retardant For Tent Canvas

Posted by Martin Howarth on 14-Aug-2018 16:44:41

Our FP 2112 is a polymer bound water based flame retardant impregnant, for use in the manufacture of industrial and military canvas for tents and marquees. FP 2112 enhances water resistance, reduces permeability and increases physical strength, dimensional stability and durability.

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Topics: Flame Retardants

The Move To Decabromodiphenyl Ether From Decabromodiphenyl Oxide

Posted by Martin Howarth on 14-Feb-2018 12:54:52

In order to reduce the devastating impact of fire on people and the environment, most household items are treated with flame retardants. They are added to most potentially flammable items, such as electronics, textiles, and plastics. However, flame retardancy describes a function, not a chemical. Different chemicals with different structures and properties act as flame retardants and are often combined for effectiveness. Some are considered safer than others, for example, Decabromodiphenyl Ether is safer than Decabromodiphenyl Oxide.

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Topics: Flame Retardants

Common Causes of House Fires in the UK

Posted by Martin Howarth on 31-Jan-2018 16:46:44

80% of deaths caused by fires in the UK occur in the home. The number of fires is declining but this is no cause for complacency. A significant number of them are preventable and are typically caused by simple accidents.

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Topics: Flame Retardants

How To Choose A Flame Retardant Manufacturer That Ensures Performance

Posted by Martin Howarth on 17-Jan-2018 16:24:24

Many specialists in material sciences and fire safety engineering agree on the importance of flame retardants and their properties to stop or slow the spread of fire. The use of flame retardants is vital because many synthetic materials and products that people have in their homes and construction plants pose a huge fire risk. Therefore, it's vital to choose the right flame retardant manufacturer to ensure optimum fire safety.

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Custom Formulated Flame Retardant Textile Backings

Posted by Phil Morrison on 19-Dec-2017 15:56:25

In 1988 the UK implemented the Furniture and Furnishing (Fire Safety) Regulations (FFR’s) following a major fire in the furnishings department of the Woolworths store in central Manchester. Tragically 10 people lost their lives in the fire. The regulations led to the use of flame retardants in the foam and on the back of the textiles used in furniture.

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Topics: Flame Retardants

Do Your Flame Retardant Textile Coatings Meet Standards?

Posted by Phil Morrison on 10-Nov-2017 11:40:00

Since 1988, all manufacturers and importers of furniture in the UK have to make available, on request, information to prove that their products meet all the latest fire safety standards. For this reason, Formulated Polymer’s flame retardant coatings must meet the necessary requirements to ensure quality and regulatory compliance.

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Topics: Flame Retardants

Impregnants For Tenting Fabrics

Posted by Martin Howarth on 03-Nov-2017 14:00:00

Left untreated, the natural and artificial fabrics used in tents pose a high fire risk. Our team at Formulated Polymers have developed a range of flame-retardant products to enhance the protection of tent fabrics against fire, as well as protection against bacteria, and fungal pathogens. 

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Topics: Flame Retardants

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