Bed and mattress safety labels Beds and mattresses, including headboards, must also bear a permanent fire label that meets BS 7177 standards. This is the British safety specification for mattress, divan, and bed base ignition resistance. The label should be placed in an easily visible position on the back of the product, along with its British Standard number and words indicating it is an ignition resistant product.
Beds are defined as furniture that provides support for human bodies by means of the legs or feet. A bed can be as simple as two boards laid across some nails or it can be a complicated piece of machinery. In either case, all beds need bed frames to hold them up. A bed frame provides support for the weight of the body and the contents thereof. The four main types of bed frames are box springs, metal slats, wooden slats, and plastic foam.
Box springs are large boxes made of wood or steel wire that are filled with cotton batting or polyurethane foam. These boxes provide support for the body and the contents thereof. They may be used alone or as a base for a more complex structure, such as a platform bed. Box springs are usually sold in pairs. One pair will make a good-quality twin bed; three pairs would make a king-size bed.
Metal slats are flat bars spaced closely together.
Our mattress is also CertiPUR-US certified as free and clean. The GhostBed complies with all fire retardant requirements by encasing the mattress's foam component in a fiberglass scrim. Because glass is a natural fire retardant, using fiberglass scrim allows us to avoid using any dangerous chemicals... which comes at no cost to the environment.
Fiberglass is used in many products that we use on a daily basis without even thinking about it: clothing, house insulation, you name it! This material is also useful for making scaffolding because it's lightweight and strong. However, not all fiberglass is created equal. There are two main types of fiberglass: virgin and recycled.
Virginal fiberglass is produced from cones harvested from pine trees. It's used in a wide variety of applications including building materials, furniture, and automotive parts. Recycled fiberglass is derived from discarded equipment or old appliances such as refrigerators or carpet. This material is then re-used in other products.
GhostBed's mattress is made of 75% recycled fiberglass and 25% polyester fiber. It meets or exceeds all federal safety standards for bedding and is CertiPUR-US certified for sustainability. Additionally, GhostBed uses organic cotton fillings in its mattresses to provide comfort without harming our environment.
Is it true that all mattresses contain flame retardants? Since the CPSC's requirement in 2007, all mattresses have had flame retardants. This law sparked so much debate because it did not require manufacturers to specify the flame retardant chemicals they used in their goods. Instead, it required that mattresses meet a minimum level of performance when tested under standardized conditions by an independent laboratory. Although this law was meant to protect consumers, some people argued that it would be impossible for consumers to know if they are actually buying a flame-retardant mattress. The main chemical used in making mattresses flame resistant is polyurethane. It is found in many products other than just beds, such as furniture cushions and padding. You may come into contact with polyurethane if you work with vehicles or machinery that use belts or hoses made from this material.
Flame retardants are chemicals that limit the spread of fire from its original location to adjacent materials. Modern mattresses are designed to prevent flames from spreading within the bedding itself since almost 100% of sleeping surface fires are caused by burning bedding. Mattress manufacturers have long included charcolized wood chips in their products to provide fire protection. These days, most also include polyurethane foam which provides additional fire protection. Both methods help prevent flaming when someone rolls over in the night.
Flame retardant sheets are appropriate for dressing mattresses and protecting them from fire. The usage of flame retardant blankets as a passive fire element may be a suitable alternative even in non-professional sectors to safeguard against residential fires.
Fire retardants can be applied to fabrics during production or after fabric completion. These treatments include chemicals, minerals, and products derived from them, such as paints, coatings, and pastes. They are used to make clothing, furniture, and other products less flammable.
There are two main types of fire retardants: intumescent agents and chemical extinguishers. Intumescent agents expand when heated and create a barrier on the surface of a material that prevents it from burning. Chemical extinguishers contain substances that react with gases produced by flames or heat to form a solid or liquid that smothers the fire.
Sheets that have been treated with fire retardants will not burn when they are exposed to heat. Instead, the chemicals in the fibers expand when heated and create an insulating layer that slows down the spread of flames and smoke while also providing some protection from high temperatures.
Fire retardants are usually listed on product labels or advertising materials. You should follow the instructions on packaging to determine how you should care for garments using fire retardants.
Fire extinguishers are labeled so that users may immediately recognize the sorts of flames that they are effective against. On a single identifying label, the labeling method contains pictographs of both recommended and unsuitable extinguisher kinds. The pictograph is followed by a number and perhaps an additional letter or two for make and model. For example, one brand of extinguisher might be labeled "Pintableau P-36 AC CO 2." That means it is effective against fires caused by burning materials containing alcohol, acid, alkali, or oil. It also means that this type of extinguisher should never be used on a grease fire.
The labeling system was developed in Canada by Fire Protection Association. They produce many different models of fire extinguishers with labels appropriate for each type of fire.
In the United States, the labeling system was developed by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). They also produce many different models of fire extinguishers, but their labels do not indicate what types of fires they are suitable to put out. Instead, they recommend the use of either a water-based extinguisher or an aerosol product for any given fire.
For example, an extinguisher labeled "AQ AutoQuieting" could be used to put out a grease fire, although it would not put out a flame from an open gas tank.
A maintenance record should be attached to fire blankets. This should be clearly documented on a long-lasting label that is securely attached to the container without obscuring any of the manufacturer's marks or instructions. Tip: After each service, mark the label with the service date. This will help you track down any deterioration in performance over time.
The manual says to wash it like a bedsheet in hot water with detergent. I don't have a washer so I hand wash it in my sink. It doesn't seem dirty enough to me to need washing in the machine so I don't worry about that. I just roll it up when done and put it back in the bag.
I use a combination of white vinegar and water. I fill the bowl with water and then pour in half a cup of vinegar. Let it soak for at least 30 minutes but no more than 60. Then rinse thoroughly in cold water and dry on a clean towel before using again.
This is what came out of the washer after washing one piece of fire clothing in this way. I didn't save the vinegar mixture to re-use because there's no smell and it gets washed out in the next load anyway.
It's important to service fire clothing regularly. Make sure you follow the instructions that come with your product.