Flame Retardant Standard EN 13773 - European Flame Retardant Standard
Standards Across Europe
EN 13773 = Class 1,2 or 3 European Standard Textile burning behaviour for curtains and drapes.
What is EN 13773 - 1,2,3 Flame Retardant Standards – European FR Standards for Curtains
EN13773 is the European flame retardant standard for contract drapery. This is the latest flame retardant standard for drapery and links in with old tests such as BS5867, M1 B1 and other drapery flame retardant tests. It has been introduce
|Test standard||Flammability class||Country|
|DIN 4102||B1 ("Brandschacht")||Germany|
|EN 13501||B-s1, d0||Europe|
|EN 13772 and EN 13773||Class 1||Europe|
|NF P 92-503 to 92-505,
|BS 5867, 5438||Part 2, Type C||Great Britain|
By using the EN 13773, this interlinks and unifies the results across Europe for testing purposes for 1 market.
Composition of Fabrics – Flame Retardant Standards Europe
Understanding which fabrics pass which tests is important as you can have inherently flame retardant fabrics such as Trevira which are polyester fabrics with the flame retardant yarn so they do not need to be treated. This means they can be washed and they will keep their flame retardancy. Some fabrics that are treated will need to be retreated if they are not inherently flame retardant. Therefore a user needs to be mindful that after dry cleaning they may no longer be flame retardant.
The European flame retardant standards will be required in any commercial environment, a hotel will require EN13773, M1 B1 standards in Europe and BS5867 in the UK. They are all similar tests but it is required for insurance requirements to ensure that they are certified to avoid any legal risks.
Understanding Different Fabric Flame Retardancy
Durably Flame Retardant
Again these fabric have been chemically treated and will be suitable for washing.
Inherently flame retardant
An inherently flame retardant fabric is made from a yarn that has the flame retardancy already within the yarn like a Trevira. This means it can be washed multiple times and not loose its flame retardancy.