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A Day in The Life - October, 2015

Here's a peak of the fire retardant jobs that come through our shop and the flame resistance applications we do on a typical day.

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A Day in The Life

Here's a peak of the fire retardant jobs that come through our shop and the flame resistance applications we do on a typical day.

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Fire Retardant Challenge: No Man's Land

Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Shuler Hensley, and Billy Crudup in No Man's Land. (© Joan Marcus)

Here's one from our "most challenging" project archive.  

In 2013, No Man's Land / Waiting for Godot, starring Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellan came to the Cort Theatre from London's West End. One of our tasks was to fireproof the window panels that made up the back wall of Hirst's study in No Man's Land. (Photo Credit: Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Shuler Hensley, and Billy Crudup in No Man's Land. © Joan Marcus)

The part that made the job challenging was that each panel had a rear projection screen that couldn't get wet. The stakes were just a little higher when we only had a few extras of the 189 panels to practice with.

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EPA's Integrated Risk Information System Improving

EPA Integrated Risk Information System Getting Better

The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) Still Evolving

NCR recommendations are designed to improve the IRIS process to deliver timely, high-quality, and credible chemical risk assessments.

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Congratulations to Our 2015 Tony Award Winners

Tony Awards 2015

Turning Star congratulates all of the winners of the 69th Annual Tony Awards honoring the best of the 2015 Broadway season. Special congratulations to our producer, production, scenic, and costume collaborators who won.

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Understanding ANSI Safety Signs and Colors

High voltage… biohazard… wet floor… radioactive materials… the effectiveness of safety signs like these relies upon consistency and bold, graphic impact to warn people against specific hazards and personal injury.

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Commercial Drapery Flame Retardant Treatment & Certification

When is the last time your drapery had a flame retardant treatment?

It might seem like yesterday, but unless you're enrolled in a fire safety maintenance program, your fire resistance certificate has probably expired.

In hotels, restaurants, schools, event halls, cinemas – wherever there are curtains and the public – Turning Star has worked with the facility's manager to keep their customers and audiences safe.

Not only can Turning Star make your decorative fabrics flame resistant, we'll clean them first!

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The Future of Flame Retardants

Top Three Discoveries in Flame Retardants 

Flame retardants are a key component 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 chemicals, with different properties and structures, act as flame retardants and these chemicals are often combined for effectiveness. Traditionally, the most common elements in flame retardants are bromine, phosphorus, and nitrogen. Inorganic compounds, either alone or as part of a flame retardant system, are also used.

Recent years have seen the emergence of green flame retardants such as Turning Star's Flame Guardian, an eco-friendly, halogen-free, and 0% VOC product. Now, scientists and students point to three areas of promising research using sound waves, caseins, and bio-coatings that could potentially change the flame retardant industry.

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Flame Retardants and the Construction Industry

Flame Retardants Ensure Safer Buildings

Flame retardants are used in building materials and products to meet important fire safety standards and codes. Flame retardants are designed to stop or slow the spread of fire, and provide critical escape time.

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Q & A on the Necessity of Flame Retardants

Flame Retardants

Q: What are the protective benefits of flame retardants?

A: Flame retardants play a unique role in fire prevention and fire safety. They not only prevent fires from starting, but if a fire does occur, they slow down the spread of the fire and improve the opportunity for safe escape. Their role in delaying flashover, for example, is especially critical to escaping the deadly consequences of fire. Flashover occurs when every flammable object in a room bursts into flames at the same time as a result of a combination of intense heat and the release of flammable gases. This can occur in just a few minutes, and flame retardants’ function in slowing this process down can be the difference between life and death.

The benefits of flame retardants are well documented in studies and in real life examples.

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