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BS7175 Flame Retardant Bedding for Bedcovers and Sheets

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 by the fire safety rules. You fire officer will be able to confirm whether BS7175 is required by your business. The 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 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 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. Another 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


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 this means they are suited to the required level and the purpose of bedding products

Test method

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.


BS7175 Flame retardant bedding

BS7175 flame retardant bedding

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

3 thoughts on “BS7175 Flame Retardant Bedding for Bedcovers and Sheets”

  • I got question that can't find answer to after reading the regs that don't tell you. Are they burn proof. We know they're fire proof tested in all right conditions of humidity etc but are they burn proof? as I want burn proof bedding. Not fireproof, burnproof?

    • February 16, 2017 at 9:04 am

      HI Claire, the BS7175 standard is certified for bed linen and BS7175 for sheets is Source 7. This does not mean burnproof but it does mean that it can be used in prisons, oil rigs and other high risk areas. Always check with the fire officer the standard required. Burn proof bedding i have never come across it. If you contact the team about your requirement we will be able to help

      thank you