List of fire-retardant materials

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Fire-retardant materials are designed to burn slowly.

Fire-retardant materials should not be confused with fire-resistant materials. A fire resistant material is one which is designed to resist burning and withstand heat. An example of a fire-resistant material is one which is used in bunker gear worn by firefighters to protect them from the flames of a burning building.

In the United Kingdom, after two significant construction fires which resulted in a combined loss of £1,500 million, The Joint Code of Practice was introduced by the Fire Protection Association (FPA), the UK's national fire safety organisation,[1] to prevent fires on buildings undergoing construction work. The Joint Code of Practice provides advice on how to prevent fires such as through the use of flame-retardant temporary protection materials: for example, some high quality floor protectors are designed to burn slowly and prevent the spread of fires.

Fire-retardant materials used in buildings[edit]

Fire textiles[edit]


Many common brominated flame retardants are being phased-out by manufacturers.[2]

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  1. ^ "The Joint Code of Practice". FPA. Fire Protection Association. Retrieved 28 November 2014.
  2. ^ Moran, N., Phasing out fire retardants, Royal Society of Chemistry, published 25 July 2013, accessed 13 August 2020

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