British standards have strict regulations that all contract and commercial interiors are required to adhere to. As healthcare providers and care home operators, there is a high level of responsibility for health and safety and the strict fire regulations assist you in knowing that the environments you are creating offer the best possible level of protection, especially for those who reside in them that are the most vulnerable.
One of the most important features of contract and commercial interiors fire regulations revolves around the fabrics used in both upholstery and soft furnishings/drapery. Edison & Day® uses inherently fire retardant fabrics for all of its care home curtains to ensure the regulations are adhered to.
Below is a very informative, if dated, video showing the difference between fire resistant curtains and non fire resistant curtains. The video was created by Trevira CS, a manufacturer of fire retardant base fabrics. Please take a few minutes to watch this video and understand the importance of fire resistant fabrics.
Contract | Care Home | Hotel Curtains
All curtains within a contract or non-domestic setting are subject to FR requirements.
This requires a pass using face ignition with a 15 second flame application. A fabric will fail if any of the flame reached any edge of a 23cm x 17cm test piece and should there be any flaming debris.
Environments, which also includes a requirement for minimum wash criteria.
This requires a pass using face and back ignition with 5, 15, 20 & 30 second flame application times. Any resultant after flaming must cease within 2.5 seconds
Contract | Care Home | Hotel Beds & Bedding
There are no domestic requirements for beds and bedding except for the fillings used.
For contract there are two standards which must be considered:
Does not provide any classifications for typical end uses but does use cigarette, match and crib ignition sources which may be employed to satisfy a level of safety based on the risk assessment.
Tested against the following criteria:
Low Hazard - Ignition Source 0 (Cigarette) and 1 (Match)
Medium Hazard - Ignition Source 0, 1 and 5 (Crib 5)
High Hazard - Ignition Source 0, 1 and 7 (Crib 7)