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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.

Protecting Firefighter Health

Flame retardants are critical to fire safety.             

“Flame Retardant Facts

Leading Researchers: Flame Retardants Work

Take a look at the videos below regarding flame retardants and fire safety.

Do Flame Retardants Work?

In this video, leading researchers from the BCC Research Annual Conference on Recent Advances in Flame Retardancy of Polymeric Materials talk about the role of flame retardants.

Television Fire Safety

A recent fire analysis shows the important layer of fire protection that flame retardants can provide when they are added to consumer electronic parts.

About Us

The American Chemistry Council’s North American Flame Retardant Alliance (NAFRA) was formed in March 2011 to serve as the lead advocacy organization in North America for flame retardant producers and users.

In addition to promoting the safe and effective use of flame retardants, NAFRA’s mission includes:

  • actively promoting responsible methods for developing and handling current and new flame retardants;
  • supporting sustainable stewardship for flame retardants;
  • establishing a dialogue with policymakers, industry representatives and other stakeholders on issues concerning flame retardants;
  • and expanding the existing knowledge about flame retardants.

NAFRA’s members represent the world’s leading producers and users of a variety of flame retardants. Membership is open to producers, distributors and companies that use flame retardants in their own equipment or product, and related trade associations.

Flame Retardant Facts

Advancing facts and correcting falsehoods—get the facts here.               

“Flame Retardant Facts

NAFRA Members:

TBBPA Exposure and Proposition 65

NAFRA has developed a workbook and additional information to help guide businesses about TBBPA and Proposition 65. For more information, or to receive a copy of the workbook, please contact ACC at–include “TBBPA Exposure Workbook” in the subject line.

“TBBPA Exposure Workbook

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