Specifying Residential Upholstered Furniture to Safeguard Human Health

Specifying Residential Upholstered Furniture to Safeguard Human Health

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Friday, May 20, 2022 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm EDT

Is it possible to specify residential upholstered furniture that protects people from both fire and chemical hazards? This course explores this issue and highlights research related to fire barrier technology. By better understanding the history of flame retardants and their impact on human health, current residential fire trends, strategies for evaluating ignition resistance of furniture, and the research results demonstrating the superior performance of a fire barrier, residential interior designers can better safeguard human health and well-being on their next project.

Learning Objectives: 
  1. Describe common flame retardants used in residential upholstered furniture and their impact on human health.
  2. Explain the role of upholstered furniture in residential fires.
  3. Discuss various strategies for evaluating ignition resistance in residential upholstered furniture and the history of flammability standards.
  4. Summarize the role of a fire barrier in slowing ignition and safeguarding human health.
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