We sometimes hear our clients say, “but I can get my curtains off the shelf from the store on the high street”. We point out that the curtains from the high street store will not be flame retardant to the required standard, to which we then hear, “why does it have to be flame retardant?”
Why Do Fabrics In Care Homes Have To Be Flame Retardant?
Fabrics used in most public places including care homes and hospitals are required by law to be certified as flame retardant.
The ‘2005 Fire Safety Order’ states: “A responsible person (owner or the person with control over the premises) carries full corporate responsibility”.
It is therefore imperative that certified flame retardant fabrics are used throughout a care home and to help understand this, we have noted in the table below the key British Standards related to different fabrics.
The question is then sometimes asked, “can I not just coat my curtains from the high street with a flame retardant spray?” The answer is “yes” in theory, but after 3 or 4 washes it will wash out and is subject to the spray being applied correctly in the first place.
At Spearhead all of our fabrics are inherently flame retardant, which means it cannot be washed out and makes your care home a safer place for both residents and carers.