US NFPA Railway standard fire safety improved
Final agreement has been reached on a number of improvements in fire safety requirements in the US NFPA 130 Standard for Fixed Guideway Transit and Passenger Rail Systems, mainly resulting from public comment proposals. Improvements include: the requirement that insulation materials in stations must be located behind thermal barriers, gypsum or concrete and must meet building code requirements; new fire safety requirements for rail ties, interior finishes and protective cover boards; testing of adhesives and sealants in rail vehicles for smoke, flame-spread, dripping.
1.3 million fires in the USA in 2014, + 5% from 2013
The US National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has published its annual report on US fire losses covering 2014. Fire fighters responded to nearly 1.3 million fires, up 4.7% from 2013, with nearly 3 300 civilian fire deaths, 16 000 civilian fire injuries and 12 billion US$ property loss. Nearly 500 000 of the 1.3 million fires occurred in buildings, up 1.3% from 2013, and 74% of these occurred in homes.
DEROCA: carbon nanotubes PIN FR synergies
The EU-funded (FP7) project, DEROCA, has developed five new PIN flame retardant system prototypes, combining industrial multiwall carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) with phosphorus-based and other commercially-available PIN FRs. The objective is to replace halogenated FRs, in order to reduce possible toxicity and corrosivity of smoke, in electrical wires and cables, insulation foams, heating – ventilation and air conditioning applications, corrugated pipes and consumer goods.
Members of pinfa share the common vision of continuously improving the environmental and helth profile of their flame retardant products. This vision is coupled with a commitment to maintain high fire safety standards across the world, standards which minimize the risk of fire to the general public.