Electrical & Electronic Equipment
Flame retardants have allowed engineers to use new and improved materials in the production of electrical and electronic devices.

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Building & Construction
Flame retardants used in building materials help reduce the risk of fires and increase critical escape time to evacuate a building in the event of a fire.

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From airplanes to cars to trains, flame retardants play a key role in protecting travelers from the devastation of fire.

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Home Furnishings
Flame retardants provide a layer of fire safety as home and office furnishings have been adapted to today’s lifestyles.

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California Bureau Receives Comments on Draft Regulation to Remove Important Open Flame Test

Analysis Shows Flame Retardants Are Important to Home Fire Safety

Matt Blais, Ph.D., explains his recent independent analysis, drawn from a National Institute of Justice arson study, that speaks to the difference flame retardants make when they are used in household furniture. Dr. Blais is a the Director of Fire Technology at Southwest Research Institute and a technical advisor to the North American Flame Retardant Alliance.

Flame Retardants: Preventing Fires and Protecting Consumers

As consumer products continue to evolve and improve, from lighter and faster computers to energy-saving building materials and construction methods to more fuel-efficient cars, fire safety technology allows these products to comply with domestic safety standards and laws.

Flame retardants are materials that can be used in products, made from plastics, textiles, foams or wood, to reduce the chances of a fire starting and to delay the spread of fire once it starts.

Using the best science and research available, the American Chemistry Council’s North American Flame Retardant Alliance (NAFRA) works to support the use of flame retardants in the defense against deadly fires and in the preservation of life and property.

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