Non-Halogenated Flame Retardants
A Safe Solution for Public Safety
Did you know that flame retardant treatments have been around for centuries? The early Egyptians, for example, learned that alum could be used to make wood used in battlements resistant to fire. Chemical flame retardants in our homes and businesses it is a relatively modern phenomenon.
According to Underwriters Laboratories, the typical new American home contains at least thirty flammable synthetic substances. Since these materials often produce hotter fires, they can reduce the time available for occupants to safely escape. The need for effective fire prevention and suppression in modern homes is therefore more important than ever. Many state and federal agencies, along with various private industries, have adopted flammability requirements that can practically be met only through the use of flame retardant chemicals.
While the importance of fire retardant compounds to public safety is not disputed, recent scientific studies show that some of the most common ones may also be responsible for unexpected human health and environmental problems. Of particular concern are some of poly-brominated retardants, which are present in many household items, from consumer electronics to furniture. Research has linked these substances to various nervous disorders and birth defects. Bromines are in the halogen family - as well as chlorine (bleach) - and there are of course many types of bromine compounds used for fire and flame resistance.
However, there is public concern now regarding all halogenated retardants. Regardless of their compound form or use, consumers are now demanding alternatives for themselves and their families. Fortunately, non-halogenated flame retardants, specifically synergists of phosphor and nitrogen, are available for use in a wide variety of applications.
Turning Star has always manufactured non-halogenated flame retardants using phosphor/nitrogen synergy. Our Flame Guardian® line of saturants and coatings provide excellent fire resistance when used in textiles and cellulose products. For example, FG-230 is a non-toxic non-halogenated option for open cell foam. Formulated to penetrate into the foam requiring minimal add-on weight, FG-230 is the leading choice for commercial upholstery applications.