About Flame Retardants

Flame retardants refer to a variety of substances that are added to combustible materials used in buildings, home furnishings, electronics and in planes and automobiles to prevent or slow the spread of fire and provide additional escape time. Flame retardants play an important role in reducing the devastating impact of fires on people, property and the environment.

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.