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Fire Hazard Comparison of Fire-Retarded and Non-Fire-Retarded Products (NBS SP 749)



Vyto Babrauskas, Richard H. Harris Jr., Richard Gann, Barbara C. Levin, B T. Lee, Richard Peacock, M Paabo, W H. Twilley, M F. Yoklavich, H M. Clark


A test program was conducted for the Fire Retardant Chemicals Association to quantify the effects of fire retardant chemicals on total fire hazard. Five different types of products, each made from a different type of plastic were used. The products were made up in analogous fire-retardant (FR) and non-retarded variants (NFR).
Special Publication (NIST SP) - 749
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flame retardants, cone calorimeters, furniture calorimeters, chromatography, plastics, heat release rate, compartment fires, fire tests, smoke production


Babrauskas, V. , Harris Jr., R. , Gann, R. , Levin, B. , Lee, B. , Peacock, R. , Paabo, M. , Twilley, W. , Yoklavich, M. and Clark, H. (1988), Fire Hazard Comparison of Fire-Retarded and Non-Fire-Retarded Products (NBS SP 749), Special Publication (NIST SP), National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, [online],, (Accessed July 18, 2024)


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Created June 30, 1988, Updated October 12, 2021