Standard Methods of Fire Tests for Flame Propagation of Text



Use NFPA 701 to evaluate textile materials used extensively in interior furnishing for public occupancy buildings.

To help avoid devastating fires fueled by hanging textiles such as curtains and window shades, testing labs and manufacturers should reference the 2015 NFPA 701: Standard Methods of Fire Tests for Flame Propagation of Textiles and Films.

Use the latest methods to assess the propagation of flame of various textiles and films under specified fire test conditions.

NFPA 701's test methods apply to curtains, window shades, draperies, table linens, textile wall hangings, as well as to fabrics used in the assembly of awnings, tents, tarps and other similar architectural fabric structures and banners.

NFPA 701 spells out:

  • Types of test apparatus
  • Calibration of equipment
  • Geometry and conditioning of specimens
  • Testing and cleaning procedures

This comprehensive document is essential for testing laboratories as well as fabric and textile product manufacturers. (Softbound, 19 pp., 2015)

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