BS 5867 Part 2 B C

 BS5867 Part 2 Type B and C

Introduction to BS5867

In this article, we are going to provide the details of what BS5867 Part 2 B&C requires and why as a business owner you should be using flame retardant fabrics that fits this standard.

What is the standard BS 5867 Part 2:2008 Fabrics for curtains, drapes and window blinds"



Who this effects

If you own a business and want to reduce the fire risk, then it is important that you are mitigating the risk of fire. So you should be abiding and using products certified by BS5867 Part 2 Type b and C.

It is the responsibility of the business owner to ensure that they are using products that are certified for use in the business environment, they can get this information by speaking to their fire officer.

All fabrics supplied by Direct Fabrics which are in the flame retardant section are certified to BS5867 and have certification to show this. Other suppliers might not have the necessary information.

If you are looking to purchase flame retardant curtains then the view the range here.


Business Owners

Need to specify the requirements for their projects to ensure that their fabrics are suitable for business use and that the Direct Fabrics team can supply the necessary flame retardant fabrics

Fabrics are available that are inherently flame retardant, these include polyester fabrics and other man-made material. Things like Cottons and other materials can be treated to meet the requirements.


Test method

A sample of the fabric, vertically held, is exposed to a small flame.

For type B (Hotels, etc) the ease of ignition is observed. It is also noted if the flame reaches one any edge of the specimen and/or if any burning pieces of fabric fall down.

For type C (NHS) the fabric is further analysed to see what happens once the flame stops but when the fabric still may be glowing.

NB: The fabric is tested before and after laundering
type B (12 wash cycles at 40°c)
type C (50 wash cycles at 40°c)

Test Performance Criteria

Type B Performance Criteria: The edges must remain completely intact and no burning debris should fall.



Speak with the Direct Fabrics team to ensure that your fabrics are to the requirements required.

If you are looking to purchase flame retardant curtains then the view the range here.


    This is a must for all hotels and care homes, makesure you are up to date with your fire regulations

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