There’s lots of rules and regulations surrounding fire safety both for domestic premises and non-domestic premises – and each different type of product has its own tests to conform to. That’s why it’s good to keep up to speed with what needs to be tested and to what standard. Meeting Fire Safety Regulations is highly important, both to meet the legal requirements and to ensure everyone in your premises remains safe. It’s not something you can be lax on. All non-domestic premises in England, Scotland and Wales have to comply with the Fire Safety Order, as of October 2006, which is applicable to drapes, upholstery, wall coverings, beds used in contract applications or non-domestic dwellings.
The main points regarding Fire Safety Regulations
If you’re in a:
hotel, bar restaurant,office or
hospital or healthcare environment
the only products you need to worry about (from a fire safety/flame retardant aspect) are the drapes, curtains, and upholstery. There are different tests which need to be carried out, depending on your type of establishment. Read on to find out more.
Hotels, bars, restaurants, and offices
- Drapes and curtains are required to meet the Fire Test BS5867 Part 2 Type B – application on the face of the fabric for 15 seconds with both warp and weft directions tested.
- Upholstery requires a pass BS5852, Part 1 Cigarette and Match. The cigarette test (Ignition Source 0) may be conducted over any grade of foam. The match test (Ignition Source 1) must be conducted over specific Non FR foam source 5 – public areas.
Hospitals and healthcare environments
- Drapes and curtains are required to meet the Fire Test BS5867 Part 2 Type C – 50 wash cycles at thermal disinfection temperatures of 75 degrees Celsius. It also tests multiple flame ignition times with varying spread criteria.
- Upholstery requires a pass BS5852, Part 1 Cigarette and Match with increased ignition source 5 and 7. The cigarette test (Ignition Source 0) may be conducted over any grade of foam. The match test (Ignition Source 1) must be conducted over specific Non FR foam.
Although it’s not a standard requirement to have bed linen tested to fire safety regulations in most instances, here at Hilden we see the benefit of having flame retardant bed linen within your hotel or bed and breakfast. It doesn’t take much digging on the internet to see the effects of a fire in a place like a hotel and how fast fire can spread. By having flame retardant bed linen too you’re greatly reducing the speed in which a fire spreads through your hotel and you’re giving yourself more chance to control it.
These days there is much more choice when it comes to flame retardant products, so you don’t have to scrimp on style when you’re choosing to be sensible. Why not have a look at our White Satin Stripe duvet cover which would look at home in any stylish hotel?
We supply varied types of flame retardant products, including bed linen. To see our full FR range of products, click here.