Research into the causes of fire shows that unsuitable textiles can contribute considerably towards a fire spreading. National and international standards regulate protection against fire. Comfort and safety, the two most important requirements in home textiles were first successfully combined in 1980: with flame retardant Trevira fibres and yarns. Flame retardant Trevira CS textiles meet the important international standards on fire safety, because they consist of fibres and yarns with built-in safety. Textiles made from these fibres and yarns bear the trademark Trevira CS and are permanently flame retardant. Unlike fabrics that receive a surface treatment at a later stage, Trevira CS textiles offer long-term security. Browse our ranges of these fabrics online which are suitable for both domestic and contract fabric applications. There are two types of Fire Resistant Fabric Inherently FR and FR Treated. Inherently flame resistant fibres are materials that have flame resistance built into their chemical structures such as Treveri fabrics. Fire Resistant fabrics or FR Fabrics have been treated with the application of flame-retardant chemicals. Even fabrics that have not been treated can be treated to comply with British Standards however sometimes treatment can affect both the colour and look and feel of the fabric so sometimes it can be better to opt for using a schedule 3 interliner when using the fabric for an upholstery item rather than having it chemically treated. Fire-retardant fabrics sold in the UK for use as curtains must abide by BS 5867 Part 2 B & C, a British Standard. Other relevant UK standards include BS 5815-1 2005, BS 7175, Crib 5, IMO A563 and NFPA 701.
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