Flame Retardants Are an Important Tool to Help Reduce Electronics Fire Risk

The average home contains more than 20 electronic products, including televisions, smartphones, computers, gaming systems and tablets. These devices are embedded into our everyday lives, yet they could not be used safely if it weren’t for flame retardants.

Have you ever noticed a spark, overheating, melting, or smoke from an electrical device?

Flame retardants are one of the key reasons these failures do not escalate into something more serious like a home or office fire.

Flame retardants not only reduce the risk of a fire starting, but also the risk of the fire spreading, leaving more time for people to escape and more time for emergency personnel to respond.

Flame Retardants Toolkit:

Different Products Require Different Chemical Compounds

Not all flame retardants are the same. Flame retardants are a diverse set of chemicals that vary by functionality and application. They all help to inhibit or suppress fire ignition — no ignition, no fire. Specific flame retardants are included in electronics products based on product attributes, properties, usage, and potential ignition threats.

Meeting Safety Standards and Environmental Stewardship

The electronics industry works with governments, standards-setting bodies, and other stakeholders to continuously evaluate the materials it uses in its products to ensure safety standards and environmental stewardship requirements are met. Regulatory bodies such as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, as well as standard-setting organizations like the National Fire Protection Association, International Code Council, and Underwriters Laboratories, test, approve, or oversee the safe use of flame retardants and the products where they are used.

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