Flame retardant fabrics in hotels and bed and breakfast-regulations or wise precautions?


Since 2006, the UK has been controversial about new regulations introduced in the Fire Safety Act. Many people in the industry view these changes as the pinnacle and component of the “nanny status”. In this article, we will briefly introduce the requirements of the law and consider the benefits of taking preventive measures, even if the law does not explicitly require them.

Over the years, the British government has increasingly targeted various forms of fire hazards to reduce the number of casualties caused by fires. During the post-war period, these figures have risen steadily, and the government has paid attention to this. The number of deaths caused by inhalation of smoke is particularly worrying, as it has risen sharply since the 1950s.

The reason for this trend is controversial, but the fact that modern fabrics and fillers produce highly toxic fumes when they burn eventually urges the government to regulate the supply of fabrics and furniture, because the greater the toxicity of the smoke produced by the fire, the more people lose their jobs The faster the ability.

Obviously, manufacturers and suppliers must comply with government regulations on flame retardant fabrics, but in 2006, the new regulations changed the requirements of all business premises. The “Regulation Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005” implements the Fire Safety Law. Now, companies no longer need to have a fire certificate, but must conduct a risk assessment to prevent fires by reducing risk. The law stipulates that the owner of the enterprise is responsible for ensuring the safety of the owner of the place of use.

There are special guidelines for “sleep regulation”, which are directly applicable to curtain materials. When providing curtains for the room, the hotel must meet the requirements of BS5867 Part 2 Type B. This is a test in which a flame is applied to the fabric for 15 seconds. In short, this requires that if the fabric is in direct contact with the flame, it will have a flame retardant quality by not burning to the edge or scattering when burning in a short time.

There are basically two types of flame retardant (FR) fabrics:

1) Those that have been processed after manufacturing; and

2) Those FR quality are “built-in”. These are called “inherent FR fabrics”.

The treated fabric must maintain its FR quality after repeated washing.

Buy flame retardant fabrics from reputable companies, and their products not only meet the requirements, but also ensure fire safety and comply with legal regulations. Look for products labeled “FR” and ask if they meet the safety standards used by the hotel.

Unlike the curtain requirements, the new regulations only stipulate bed linens. For fire protection considerations, certain “sleeping room” safety standards should be considered. However, the law does apply to all components of the actual bed (including headboards, mattresses, sofa beds, futons and other convertibles). Perhaps less obvious is that it is also suitable for pillows and even cushions.

However, in terms of fire protection, flame-retardant sheets are still worth considering, because even prohibited people may still smoke in hotel rooms, especially if they leave the next morning. When you can’t control your guests’ behavior, prevention is the only solution.

Protecting your investment is an important factor, but safety is critical, as is protecting the lives of guests and employees. If you, as the owner, sleep in bed and breakfast, your own safety will also be threatened. FR fabric can be widely used in bedding, the price is only a little higher than standard cotton products. They may eventually save more than pounds and pennies.