British Standards Institute Revises Flammability Requirements for Window Treatments

July 24, 2008

BUCKINGHAMSHIRE, United Kingdom – The British Standards Institute (BSI) has published the 2008 revision of BS5867-2, which relates to the flammability requirements of curtains, drapes and window blinds in the contract hospitality, leisure, healthcare and corporate environments.

The new British standard requires that flammability testing must now be carried out prior to any cleansing treatment. This will essentially allow for comparisons to be made for textile performance.

The British Contract Furnishing & Design Association (the BCFA) chaired the ad-hoc working group which rewrote of the existing BS5867 in the face of pressure to replace it with the European EN13772/3 FR standard.

"Unlike the new European EN13772/3, the tests for the revised British Standard are simple but accurate enough to provide good quality assurance of fabric treatments,'' said BCFA technical director Peter Smith, who chaired the working group. "BS5867-2 has provided good levels of fire performance for over 25 years and is trusted throughout the contract sector worldwide and I am confident that BS5867-2: 2008 will continue to provide this assurance.''

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