Flame retardants are an important tool to help reduce fires, fire deaths, and property damage. They have been proven to be effective in preventing fires from starting and slowing their spread once they start.1Source: Knapp, Graham. The Analysis of the Transition from Smoldering to Flaming in Polyurethane Containing Assemblies Representative of Upholstered Furniture. University of Maryland (2019).,2Source: Blais, M.S., Carpenter, K. & Fernandez, K. Comparative Room Burn Study of Furnished Rooms from the United Kingdom, France and the United States. Fire Technol 56, 489–514 (2020).,3Source: Blais, M., Carpenter, K. Combustion Characteristics of Flat Panel Televisions With and Without Fire Retardants in the Casing. Fire Technol 51, 19–40 (2015).
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Fire is still a very real and present danger. In 2018, fire departments in the U.S. responded to a fire every 24 seconds. That same year, firefighters responded to more than 1.31 million fires that resulted in 3,655 civilian fire fatalities and an estimated $25 billion in property damage, including $12 billion in losses from wildfires.Learn More
Flame retardants add an integral layer of protection for children, seniors, and their families by reducing the risk of fires or slowing their spread.
Fire statistics show that children are more susceptible to injury or death from fire than the average person. Fires and burns have been found to be the third leading cause of unintentional death among children 14 and under.
Fire safety is also a critical issue for senior citizens. The relative risk of individuals age 65 or over dying in a fire was 2.7 times greater than that of the general population.
Low-income populations are prone to fire injury or death due to substandard housing that may lack fire-safety measures such as working smoke alarms and fire extinguishers.