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The peer-reviewed journal Fire Technology recently released a study by Dr. Blais and Dr. Carpenter showing that flame retardants make a significant difference in preventing and slowing the spread of fire.
The study ‘Flexible Polyurethane Foams: A Comparative Measurement of Toxic Vapors and Other Toxic Emissions in Controlled Combustion Environments of Foams With and Without Fire Retardants’ compared flexible polyurethane foams with and without flame retardants in furniture mock-ups in order to analyse the effectiveness of the chemicals and their influence on smoke toxicity. The researchers also looked at the impact of fire barrier materials on fire growth and smoke toxicity.
Dr. Matthew Blais and Dr. Karen Carpenter are fire science researchers at Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio, Texas, USA
This work was funded by the North American Fire Retardant Association and the American Chemistry Council.