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 responsibility of the business owner to ensure that they are using products that are certied for use in the business enviroment, 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 supplier might not have the necessary information.
Need to specifiy the requirements for their projects to ensure that there 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.
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 ensire that your fabrics are to the requirements required.