Talk:Flame retardant

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On the other hand, this materials can be produced out of melamine and dipentaerythriol. Herein melamine functions as a blowing agent that forms barrier to flame.

The mechanism of fire retardancy is simply inhibition of oxygen with radical formation of these organic materials, the element which burns materials. However inorganic materials behaves as capturing agents for oxygens molecules.

I know little of chemistry, but this sounds like balderdash. I came across this while looking through the User Contributions page for, from which address I've seen a fair bit of vandalism. It's possible that this is just some rubbish (I mean, "radical formation of these inorganic materials"? What the heck is that supposed to mean?) inserted by a vandal, or it may be from somebody with a weak grasp of English. If this is valid information, it's still incomprehensible. Either way, I'm cutting it. Mr. Billion 18:44, 10 May 2005 (UTC)

Merge suggested[edit]

I would suggest to merge the articles flame retardant and fire retardant as these terms are very similar. --Lucido 13:05, 21 January 2007 (UTC)

Flame resistant redirects to flame retardant, which may make sense from a chemistry point of view, but not so much from a functional point of view. (In general usage, flame retardant treatments make things flame resistant. Clothing, for instance, is marketed as "fire resistant", not "flame retardant".)

In my opinion, flame resistance deserves a page of its own discussing the functional uses of flame-resistant products and the applicable National Fire Protection Association and ANSI standards in the U.S. and related standards elsewhere in the world.

Jmozena 16:18, 2 March 2007 (UTC) [[Yes I think merging is a good idea. I wasted a lot of time looking for fire retardants etc. User: Jag

March 9, 2015 Dennis Hoffman --------------

Merging "fire retardant" and "flame resistant" does not make sense for my industry. -- Fire Retardant implies a material that when added to or combined with another material, retards or suppresses a fire. -- Flame Resistant implies that a material that when exposed to a flame or fire, that it resists burning and melting, and that when the flame is removed the material does not continue combustion on its own.

Flame Resistant (FR) clothing is widely used to protect workers from flames and arcs. This clothing resists flames, but the clothing is not used to retard a fire.

reference OSHA 1910.269 App E Protection From Flames and Electric Arcs. reference NFPA-70E "Handbook for Electrical Safety in the Workplace" reference IEEE/ANSI C2 section 41, National Electrical Safety Code(R) NESC reference ASTM F-1506-01 "Standard for Performance Specification for Flame Resistant Textile Materials for...." reference various FR clothing vendors

Not metals[edit]

"metals such as aluminium hydroxide, magnesium hydroxide, antimony trioxide," is clearly incorrect - these materials are not metals. (talk) 16:20, 18 June 2008 (UTC)


Tri-o-cresyl phosphate is not halogenated.  —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 16:33, 24 September 2008 (UTC) 


We've got stuff in here about the hazards of the materials used. We should also have something about the deaths, injuries, and property damage prevented by the use of flame retardants. That's what I came here looking for. --Dan Wylie-Sears 2 (talk) 06:06, 20 May 2012 (UTC)

Neither am I a chemist. However, while I'm persuaded that removal of organohalogen compounds from such products in favor of other agents or mitigations is desirable, as a lay person I'm nevertheless able to detect padded-out, one-sided axe-grinding screeds and this article is a doozy. It doesn't take a lot of experience to recognize bias when paragraphs begin with phrases such as "Another interesting study..." "Interesting", to whom? Under what criterion of "interesting"? All that are missing are the "Evil Capitalistical Corporate Conspiracy" section and the proverbial, damning "Swedish Study". On second review, I see they're both here. Rt3368 (talk) 20:26, 25 November 2013 (UTC)

Court cases in WA State[edit]

  • Child died from unsupervised use of fireworks sparklers. Cotton has a lower ignition temperature (q.v. "Farenheit 451") than synthetic fabrics e.g. polyester fabric. However it was shown tha Cotton burns slowly and at lower temperature so that if child had been supervised the parent could have removed burning clothing with minimal injury. Polyester fabric burns too fast and too hot for response, melting to skin as it continues to burn. Similar in flash fire aboard a navy vessel where enlisted men, required to wear cotton uniforms, all survived but officers all wearing polyester all died.
  • PentaBorate often used as flame retardent on cotton products (furniture, insulation, etc)had washed out of childrens pajamas after many washings.

Shjacks45 (talk) 06:09, 21 February 2014 (UTC)

Reference 404 error[edit]

Reference 15 gives a 404 error — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 17:14, 29 March 2014 (UTC)