Standard Test Method for Fire Testing of Mattresses
|Publication Date:||1 April 2013|
|ICS Code (Furniture):||97.140|
|ICS Code (Ignitability and burning behaviour of materials and products):||13.220.40|
This is a fire-test-response standard.
This test method provides a means of determining the burning behavior of mattresses used in public occupancies by measuring specific fire test responses when the test specimen, a mattress or mattress with foundation, is subjected to a specified flaming ignition source under well ventilated conditions.
This is a test method for mattresses or mattresses with foundations.
Test data are obtained describing the burning behavior, following application of a specific ignition source, from ignition until all burning has ceased, a period of I h has elapsed, or flashover appears inevitable.
This test method does not provide information on the fire performance of mattresses under fire conditions other than those specified in this test method. In particular, this test method does not apply to smoldering ignition by cigarettes. See 5.12 for further information.
The rate of heat release of burning test specimen is measured by an oxygen consumption method. See 5.12.4 for further information.
Other measurements are the production of lightobscuring smoke and the concentrations of certain toxic gas species in the combustion gases. See 5.12.5 for further information.
The burning behavior is documented visually by photographic or video recordings.
Use the SI system of units in referee decisions; see Practice E 380. The units given in parentheses are for information only.
This standard should be used to measure and describe the response of materials, products, or assemblies to heat and flame under controlled conditions and should not be used to describe or appraise the fire hazard or fire risk of materials, products, or assemblies under actual fire conditions. However. results of this test may be used as elements of a fire hazard or fire risk assessment which takes into account all of the factors which are pertinent to an assessment of the fire hazard or fire risk of a particular end use.
Fire testing of products and materials is inherently hazardous, and adequate safeguards for personnel and property shall be employed in conducting these tests. This test method may involve hazardous materials. operations, and equipment.
This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns. if any. associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.