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Why do flame retardant fabrics need to be used?

When fabrics are used in public places such as theatres, events and arenas they are required to comply with local flame retardancy standards to ensure the safety of everyone in attendance.

Failure to adhere to these regulations has been known to result in closure of venues and events. Before starting a project, it is advised that you liaise with your local Fire Authority to check which type of flame retardancy and accreditation you will require.

The safety of our customers is paramount, and we can work with you to ensure the fabrics you select are compliant with legislation.

What is it?

Flame retardant fabric has been treated to adhere to the fire safety standards set for the events and entertainment industries. To ensure the maximum safety of our worldwide customers, we carry out a variety of Flame Retardancy tests on our fabrics.

Our fabrics meet British standards and we also have a range of fabrics which meet European, French, German and American standards that would be suitable for touring shows or for permanent use in venues.

Different types of flame retardancy

The fabrics and flooring J&C Joel offer come in one of the five categories for flame retardancy.

NDFR – Non Durably Flame Retardant fabric is chemically treated with a water solution. If it becomes wet in any way it should be retreated.

DFR – Durably Flame Retardant fabric is chemically treated to withstand being cleaned a number of times

IFR – Inherently Flame Retardant fabric is woven from fibres with a high flame retardancy

FR – Flame Retardant fabric is chemically treated to an individual specification

Not FR – This fabric does have any flame retardant treatment or has not been tested


J&C Joel’s fabrics and flooring have one or more of the following fire certificates.

Certification Standard Application
BS5867 BS5867 Pt2 B British Curtains and drapes
BS5852 BS5852 Pt1 British Upholstered composites for seating
BS4790 BS4790: 1987 British Textile floor coverings hot metal nut method
BS7905-1:2001 British Lifting equipment for performance, broadcast and similar applications
BS EN13501-1 European Construction, products and building elements
CFC EN ISO 9239-1 European Horizontal surface spread of flame on floor covering system
DIN EN1021 European Upholstered furniture
EN13773: 2003 European Vertically hung fabrics
EN14041 European CE Marking of textiles, laminate and resilient floor coverings
EN9239-1 European Horizontal surface spread of flame on floor covering systems
M1, M2, M4 French French Fire Regulations
B1, B2 German German Fire Regulations DIN 4102
TL 1080-0002/8 German German Military Specification
Classe Uno Italian Italian Fire Regulations
NFPA 701 NFPA 701: (USA) United States of America Textiles and Films
IMO International Maritime Conforms to International Maritime Organisation regulations

 Fire Certificates

The production of an up to date fire certificate that can be directly matched to the drapes you have hanging generally satisfies fire offices and local authorities.

On each fabric page on our website there is a download option for the relevant Fire Test Certificates.

If you have purchased a fabric and require a full Fire Certificate you can contact the J&C Joel sales team to supply this.




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