The addition of flame retardants to different types of furniture will allow them to meet important fire safety requirements and standards that are designed to keep people safe. When flame retardant is added to various fabrics and fillings, they help to reduce the rate at which they burn and can prevent a fire from spreading to other areas of your home or building.
Depending on the material, flame retardants will interact differently from one item to the next. Because of this, they will affect how certain materials will perform in the production process, as well as whether or not the final product will meet the manufacturer’s overall performance requirements. For this reason, flame retardants are chosen carefully based on the material used.
Upholstered furniture, drapery, and carpets are among the major categories of furniture that would benefit from fire-protective benefits of flame retardants in order to meet fire safety standards.
Synthetic materials such as polyester foam or polyurethane are used in many of the modern upholstered sofas, chairs, and other types of seating (ie: movie theatre seats, child car seats) you see today.
Upholstered furniture is composed of 3 parts: cover fabrics, upholstery, and interliner. Some of the materials used in the composition of upholstered furniture smoulder easily and can lead to the ignition of a fire. Synthetic fibres may burn dramatically and burning residue has the potential to drip and carry flames to other surfaces. Foams without fire retardants can ignite easily and will burn if placed in contact with a flame.
Flame retardants work to place a barrier between flame and foam by limiting the oxygen supply to potential fires. This can ensure an appropriate level of fire safety for many of the synthetic and natural fibres used in upholstered furniture.
The materials used in modern drapery and carpets make them highly durable, easier to clean, and resistant to mildew and moths, which usually cause damage to natural fibres.
The risk of fire dangers from natural or synthetic materials used to make blinds or curtains is increased because they are hung vertically. If a fire were to occur, flames can quickly and easily travel up the material and spread to other parts of the space. The addition of fire retardants can be used to help reduce the flammability of these materials and help them meet flammability standards.
When it comes to fire retardants, there is no such thing as one size fits all. Flame retardants come in different classes that depend entirely on the material it is being applied to and work to reduce the threat of fire hazards in many ways. Flame retardants must be matched to the specific product and material based on their performance specifications. Because of this, we highly recommend the application of fire retardant to your furniture pieces whether in a commercial or residential setting.