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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!

What You Need To Know: NFPA 701

Under NFPA 701, drapery fabric is tested by burning a small sample and measuring the flame, char length and flaming residue. If a fabric meets the NFPA 701 standards in these three areas, the fabric is considered flame retardant.

Fabrics used in most public spaces (including schools, churches, auditoriums, theatres, and more.) is required by law in many states and cities to be certified as flame retardant, according to standards developed by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). NFPA has various standards depending on how the fabric will be used. In the case of draperies, curtains, and similar hanging textiles, the standard that applies is NFPA 701: Standard Methods of Fire Tests for Flame Propagation of Textiles and Films. This test measures the flammability of a fabric when it is exposed to specific sources of ignition.

Flame Test ExampleNFPA 701 (Small Scale) testing measures the ignition resistance of a fabric after it is exposed to a flame for 12 seconds. The flame, char length, and flaming residue are recorded. The fabric will pass the test if all samples meet the following criteria:

1. An after flame of less than 2.0 seconds
2. A char length of less than 6.5”
3. The specimen does not continue to flame after reaching the floor of the test chamber

Fabric certified as flame retardant is certified to have been tested and passed the NFPA 701 test.

Trust Our Flame Retardant Experts

Since 1998 Turning Star has been providing peace of mind to restaurateurs, hoteliers, theater companies, and manufacturers. We’ve worked with nearly every type and size of venue, and always delivered within every imaginable schedule.

Whether you're around the corner or across the country, you can join the group of business owners, facility and production managers who know where to get the best value for quality professional fire protection.

Simplify Your Commercial Drapery Maintenance and Fire Code Certification

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