There has been a lot of controversy in the UK over the introduction of new regulations in the Fire Protection Act since 2006. Many in the industry have seen the changes as over-the-top and part of the ‘income state’. In this article we will both briefly look at how the law is needed and, while the law does not explicitly claim it, consider the benefits of caution.
For many years the UK government has targeted all types of fire risks to reduce the number of deaths and injuries caused by fires. In the post-war years these numbers continued to rise and the government adopted them. The number of deaths from smoking and respiratory problems has been a major concern since the 1950s.
The reasons for this trend are controversial, but when modern fabrics and fillers produce a lot of toxic fumes until they burn, the government urges the government to control the supply of fabrics and decorations, because the more toxic fumes from a fire, the faster the person fails.
Perhaps it is obvious that manufacturers and suppliers must comply with government laws on fire retardant fabrics, but new regulations in 2006 changed the requirements for all businesses. The Fire Safety Act was enacted by the “Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005”. Ensures the safety of everyone.
There are specific guidelines for ‘sleeping arrangements’ that apply directly to screen elements. Hotels must arrange the room with curtains to meet the requirements of BS5867 Part 2 Type B This is a test where the flame is applied to the fabric for 15 seconds. In short, this requires that if the fabric were in direct contact with a flame it would not burn at the edges or break in a burning state, becoming a fire resistant quality for a short time.
There are basically two types of flame retardant (FR) fabrics:
1) which has been treated after production; And
2) FR quality is ‘built-in’ those are called ‘innate FR cloth’.
Where a fabric has been treated it should also be able to maintain its FR quality after repeated washing.
Purchasing flame retardant fabrics from a reputable company with products that ensure more fire protection than required and comply with the law. Look for products labeled ‘FR’ and ask if they meet safety standards for hotel use.
Contrary to the requirements of the curtain, the new rules for bed linen simply state that specific safety standards for ‘sleeping accommodation’ should be considered as a matter of fire prevention. Although the law applies to all elements of the original bed (including headboards, mattresses, sofa-beds, futons and other convertibles). Perhaps less obviously it applies to throwing pillows or even cushions.
Yet fire retardant bed linen is still considered a matter of fire prevention, because even if prohibited people can still smoke in hotel rooms – especially if they leave the next morning. The only sure cure is when you can’t control how a guest behaves with resistance.
Protecting your investment is an important issue, yet safety is even more important and should be considered to save the lives of guests and staff. If you sleep in your B&B as the owner, your own safety is also at risk. FR fabrics are widely available for BR linen and it costs a bit more than a standard cotton-product. They can save more than pounds and pence.