is a direct comparison between a mattress that meets all
the required flame testing in the United States and a mattress
that has been tested and certified to meet California Technical
Bulletin #129 using Integrity30 fire barrier. Tests
on mattresses using Integrity30 fire barrier
have clearly demonstrated a significant reduction in the
peak rate of heat release, a measurement of relative safety
of the mattress product as measured by full scale fire tests
and the NFPA Life Safety Code.
are precious in a home fire. The ability for your family to escape
will depend on how quickly a fire spreads in your home. The comfortable,
cushiony items that we fill our homes with often contain highly
flammable filling materials such as polyurethane foam and polyester
FR Systems, manufacturers of premium fabrics for mattresses for
the home, is addressing this problem. By incorporating state of
the art technology into this mattress product, FR Systems has created
a fabric for a supremely comfortable sleep set that reduces the
risk that the mattress will contribute significantly to a home
fire even if it is the first item ignited.
Imagine a scenario where a curious, small child finds a lighter
and attempts to light the underside of a box spring, or where the
bed is pushed up against a malfunctioning wall socket, or where
a lamp with a 100 watt light bulb falls accidentally on your bed...these
are all potentially deadly scenarios.
However, as a fire barrier shield under the outside cover of your
mattress, K1 is protecting the internal flammable components
from direct contact with the open flame source. While it does not
completely eliminate the threat of fire in the bedroom, it is removing
the largest source of fuel for the fire from being an immediate
massive contributor to a fire started by what could be a small
open flame. All of this is achieved without harsh chemical flame
retardants on the fabrics used, and without the use of products
like fiberglass. The fire barrier contains Kevlar fiber, the same
product used in making bullet proof vests and protective apparel
for fire fighters.
along comes a new product so much better than it's predecessors
that it wipes them from memory. The homo sapiens did it to the
neanderthals. The automobile did it to the horse drawn carriage.
Now, Aktiv Fire Barrier Fabric will do it to your current
Many of the current fire barriers on the market are functional,
but have serious drawbacks including the coating separating from
the knit and balling up under the upholstery fabric, or complete
disintegration over a short period of time. Some woven fiberglass
products have been demonstrated to be completely demolished in
less than four months of use.
Under a full scale fire test, Aktiv Fire Barrier is exposed
to flames coming in contact with the upholstery fabric. The barrier
begins to form a char that helps to block the fire's access to
the combustible materials beneath the surface. It also releases
chemistry - a fire fighting agent - that slows the progression
of the fire on the outside fabric.
This can result in lower peak rates of heat release than passive
barriers, which translates to a broader offering of upholstery
fabrics and more sales by your company.
5000 Fire Barrier
those who manufacture furniture, mattresses and wheel chair cushions,
FR Systems International offers nearly 10 years of experience
in performance standards. Our proprietary FRx 5000 technology
has come a long way since its' inception in 1984.
FRx 5000 refers to a fire blocking chemical that is a spray applied
to foam cushions. It's a progressive technology because it dramatically
improves the fire retardant properties of the foam without compromising
it's physical properties. In fact, urethane foam is made performance
enhanced because the durable FRx membrane acts as a protective
shield against abrasion, perforation and foreign contaminants (feature
which extend the life cycle of contract furniture).
The FR Systems approach starts with conventional CAL 117 foam (the
designers choice) and one of 5000, very basic spray equipment,
and two hours of application instruction.
FR is a 4.9 oz per square yard fire retardant barrier fabric.
Scrimtex FR is designed for applications that require a non combustible
fabric ie. industrial partitions, fire retardant containment
of flammable materials, acoustical baffles and painted back drops.
Meets the CAL 117, NFPA 701 requirements for flame resistance
and FF4-72-16CFR, Part 1632 requirements for cigarette ignition.
is a woven fire retardant innerliner fabric. It is used in mattresses,
upholstered furniture and other foam and thermoplastic
products. Foam seating and mattresses composites utilizing Fireguard® I
have met full scale retardant standards such as CA TB 129, 121,
603 and BFD 9-11. However, it is up to the ultimate manufacturer
of the composite to ascertain whether their product complies
with the standard. The use of Fireguard® I
does not imply compliance with any full scale fire test.