Fabrics are categorised as Fire Retardant("FR") when they meet fire retardant safety standards. These standards can vary from country to country, so it is very important that the fabric you’re specifying meets the relevant standards at the site of the project build. Fire safety is incredibly important when talking about interior textiles and the contract interiors sector. Decorative fabrics that perform highly even in potentially unsafe situations can help to ensure that built environments are safe places to live and work.
International Maritime Organisation FR Standard
The fabric passes the IMO test if:
IMO 2010 FTP Code 10 Part 7
Following completion of the three tests, the fabric can be categorised as EN13773 from class 1 to 5. Class 1 being the highest standard for
FR and class 5 being the lowest.
Following completion of the NF-P92-503, NF-P92-504 and NF-P92-505, the fabric can be categorised as NF P92-507 and classified from M1 to M4. M1 being the highest standard for FR and M4 being the lowest.
NF P92-503, 504, 505 & 507
The fabric passes the test if:
No part of any hole nor any part of the lowest boundary of any flame shall reach the top edge or either vertical edge of the sample. If so and if there is no separation of any flaming debris droplets, the fabric shall be deemed to comply with the requirements of this standard.
BS 5867-2 Meth. B & C
To pass the test, the fabric shall meet the criteria below: