What is flame retardant?
Flame retardants refer to a variety of substances that are added to combustible materials to prevent fires from starting or to slow the spread of fire and provide additional escape time.
The term “flame retardant” refers to a function, not a family of chemicals. A variety of different chemistries, with different properties and molecular structures, act as flame retardants and these chemicals are often combined for effectiveness.
For example, many plastics are highly flammable and therefore their fire resistance is increased by adding flame retardants in order to reduce the risk of fire.
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.
Flame retardant compounds help mitigate fire danger
- Increase plastic’s ignition resistance
- Reduce the speed of flame spread
- Reduce heat release
- Reduce smoke & fume generation
Novista Group flame retardant product line: