Introduction to BS7175:1980
In this article we are going to provide the details of what BS7175C requires and why as a business owner you should be using flame retardant fabrics that fits this standard.
What is the standard BS7175 1989 in relating to Bedding, Pillows, Quilts, Sheets (bed), Pillow slips, Blankets, Bedspreads, Bed linen, Ignitability, Fire tests, Test equipment, Testing conditions, Test specimens, Specimen preparation
Who BS7175 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 BS7175. It is crucial that when working with people when you are in a position of care to abide with the fire safety rules. You fire officer will be able to confirm whether BS7175 is required by your business. Most common business where flame retardant standards such as BS7175 are applicable are;
Care Homes, Nursing Homes, Youth Hostels and other similar environments.
It is 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 or local fire departments.
All flame retardant fabrics supplied by Direct Fabrics which are in the flame retardant section are certified to BS5867 and BS5852 and have certification to show this. Other supplier might not have the necessary information but we can assure you that our products are certified. Please speak with the team to confirm that the designs you have chosen are certified to this level
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 this means they are suited to the required level and the purpose of bedding products
The materials to be tested and the ignition sources shall be conditioned immediately before the test for 72 h in indoor ambient conditions and then for at least 16 h in an atmosphere having a temperature of 20 ± 5 °C and a relative humidity of 65 ± 5 %.
BS 7175, for the testing, a draught-free environment having a temperature of 15 °C to 30 °C and a relative humidity of 55 ± 20° shall be used. If the test is not carried out immediately after conditioning, place the conditioned specimens in a sealed container until the start of the test. Begin testing each specimen within 10 min of removing it from either the conditioning atmosphere or the sealed container.
Speak with the Direct Fabrics team to ensure that your fabrics are to the requirements required.
Where to Buy Flame Retardant Bedding
YOu can buy your range of flame retardant bedding directly from direct-fabrics. Please see our full range of BS7175 approved bedding here. Flame Retardant Bedding