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Furniture Fire Safety, Manufacturer Perspective

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A presentation on furniture fire safety from the manufacturer's perspective, addressing myths about fire barriers and various solutions.

A presentation on furniture fire safety from the manufacturer's perspective, addressing myths about fire barriers and various solutions.


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  • 1. FURNITURE FIRE SAFETYA Fire Barrier Manufacturer’sPerspectiveKathy Morse DorrityVentex, Inc.April 25, 2013
  • 2.  Combine thermal insulation withfire blocking performance toprevent OR delay internalflashover event Delay = increased time fordiscovery, escape andextinguishment = enhanced lifesafetyFIRE BARRIER 101
  • 3.  Fire barriers for Mattresses andUpholstered Furniture 100’s of different fire barriers Inherent solutions Halogen-Free solutions Eliminate Chemicals of Concern Cost effectiveVENTEX BARRIERS
  • 4. INHERENT SOLUTIONS Use inherently flame retardantmaterials for fire barriers Do not need “topically applied” FR Capable of meeting most rigorousFR standards worldwide 100’s of different fire barriers ableto match various FR challenges
  • 5. HALOGEN FREE No halogenated flame retardants Halogen Free Free of Chemicals of Concern CPSIA RoHS WEEE Proposition 65 Content based analysis
  • 6. COST EFFECTIVE Sofa Cost Adds Barrier 16 yards @ $2 / yard Decking 4 yards @ $2 / yard 20 yards @ $2 = $40 cost Sofa Cost Savings Replace poly fiber = <$8.00> Replace decking = <$1.80> Total Savings = <$9.80> Real Net Cost less than $31.00
  • 7. COST EFFECTIVE Love seats / chairs would be less Products available today Mattress Industry forecastedexpensive solutions before 1633 Solutions less than $10 arecommonplace
  • 8. NEED FOR CHANGE Save lives Children & families Firefighters Increase time for discovery andescape Allow time for firefighter response Reduce litigation risk Keep furniture manufacturingviable in USA
  • 9. MYTH #1Life safety must besacrificed to eliminateChemicals of Concernfrom furniture.
  • 10. MYTH #2Topically applied flameretardants have to beused to make furnituremeet flammabilityrequirements.
  • 11. MYTH #3The cost to comply withmeaningful flammabilityrequirements is too high.
  • 12. Myth #4Flammability standardsthat do not involve actualflame will not shieldupholstered furnituremanufacturers fromliability exposure.
  • 13. LEARN MORE Ventex: 1-800-800-3994 www.greenbearmark.com hmurphy@ventexfabrics.com