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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Leading Researchers: Flame Retardants Work

Take a look at what leading researchers said on flame retardants and polymerics at the BCC Research Annual Conference on Recent Advances in Flame Retardancy of Polymeric Materials.


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