5 tips for choosing a fire barrier fabric

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Posted by Craig Zola on Mar 25, 2014 1:38:00 PM
Topics: Healthcare Fabrics

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The U.S. Congress and CPSC enacted 16 CFR Part 1633, the Standard for the Flammability (Open Flame)of Mattress Sets; Final Rule which took effect July 1, 2007. The statute requires mattress makers to incorporate fire barrier fabrics, which are flame-resistant and self-extinguishing when a flame source is removed, into the manufacture of their bedding products. Designed to be integrated into a mattress by forming a layer between the exterior mattress tick and the interior support cushion, fire barrier fabrics work like this:

of Mattress Sets; Final Rule which took effect July 1, 2007. The statute requires mattress makers to incorporate fire barrier fabrics, which are flame-resistant and self-extinguishing when a flame source is removed, into the manufacture of their bedding products. Designed to be integrated into a mattress by forming a layer between the exterior mattress tick and the interior support cushion, fire barrier fabrics work like this:

When the material comes into contact with a flame, the surface of the barrier fabric is designed to char. This inhibits the spread of the flame. The fire barrier fabric yarns maintain a stable framework for the char layer and restrict airflow depleting the fuel for the flame, thus reducing the flames access to the materials deeper inside the mattress.

Here are 5 tips for choosing a fire barrier fabric:

  • Choose a proven, reliable fabric from a trusted supplier.
  • Use a fire barrier fabric that is tear resistant, reducing labor time and increasing production throughput.
  • Review the fire barrier's durability with use testing, a fire barrier fabric that has fallen apart inside your mattress makes potential repairs or rebuilds impossible.
  • Choose a fabric that fabricates easily and is comfortable to work with.
  • Consider an all-in-one top tick and fire barrier fabric in order to reduce inventory, labor time, and increase throughput such as Sure-Chek FR Shield, which incorporates Sure-Chek top ticks with a reliable non-woven fire barrier back.

     

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Topics: Healthcare Fabrics