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March 8, 2023

Home fires caused by electrical equipment

US NFPA says electrical wiring, lighting and related installations cause 5 000 home fires, cost 250 M$ per year.

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Micro e-mobility fire challenges event

Fire Department of New York (FDNY) conference shows need to address major new fire risks of e-bikes and e-scooters.

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Ongoing debate on FRs in furniture

How do flame retardants improve furniture fire safety, depending on effects: prevent ignition, reduce heat, smoke?

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Calculating cost-benefit of fire protection

Major international report proposes cost-benefit methodology for building fire protection measures with five case studies.

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PIN FR polycarbonate (PC) for 3D-printing

SABIC launches non-halogenated flame retardant PC for PFAM 3-D printing for railway fire safety and smoke requirements.

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PIN FR for recyclable tubing

Gabriel-Chemie’s new non-halogenated FR offers performance and sustainability benefits for polyolefins.

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PIN FR chosen for eco-friendly textiles

Reliance Industries is exclusively using FRX’s polyphosphonate PIN flame retardant in Recron® FS for fire safe, sustainable performance polyester fibres.

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Phosphorus FR for safer car seats

PIN FR can prevent ignition in synthetic leather, reduce flammability of polyester fabrics, improve car fire safety.

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Breeding plants for inherently FR cotton

The USDA has bred a line of plants which produce inherently fire-resistant white cotton fibres.

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Non-halogenated PIN FR for PC film

CAI Performance Additives launches new PIN flame retardant for polycarbonate film, transparent, weather & water resistant.

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Polymeric silica PIN FRs

Surface functionalised silica nanoparticles will be tested as PIN FRs for transparent thermoplastics, such as PMMA poly(methyl methacrylate) and PC polycarbonate.

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Coal fly ash tested as PIN FR for epoxy

Industrial-grade coal fly ash hollow microspheres from a power station showed to improve fire performance of epoxy resin.

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DOPO-silanes as PIN FRs for cotton

A new N P Si compound was synthesised and showed fire performance and semi-durability on cotton. The new compound, DOPO-AmdPTES, was compared to and showed better performance than similar DOPO-oxysilane (DOPO-ETES, see Vasiljević et al. 2015).

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EU HBMEU conclusions on flame retardant monitoring in children

The large EU-funded population study has published conclusions of analysis of ten halogenated FRs in blood and four organo-phosphate metabolites in urine from 2136 children from nine European countries.

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Organophosphates and ADHD in children (Attention Disorder Hyperactivity Disorder)

A population study of 260 children with pre-school ADHD was compared to a stratified control group of 549, with data of organophosphate metabolites in mother’s urine at 17 weeks pregnancy.

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Organo-phosphates half-life 2 – 6 weeks in coastal sediment

Lab incubation trials (in the dark) used coastal sediment and sea water collected from the Mediterranean (near the outlet of Marseille’s sewage works) spiked with seven organo-phosphorus esters (list below) to c. 180 ng/g.dw for each of the OPEs.

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Misleading paper confuses melamine with nitrogen flame retardants

A paper from China presents data on eight nitrogen compounds in human urine (301 samples from 13 Chinese cities): cyanuric acid, melamine, ammelide, ammeline, benzoguanamine, 2,4,6-trimethoxy-1,3,5-triazine, 2,4-diamino-6-(4-methylphenyl) - 1,3,5-triazine, diphenyl amidophosphate.

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January 30, 2023

pinfa-NA online Lunch & Learn fire and FRs

pinfa North America launches series of free webinars on fire and flame retardants, starting Wed 22 Feb. 11h30-12h30 EST (17h30-18h30 CET).

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Fire Retardants in Plastics (USA)

The US flame retardants conference, Philadelphia, 26th-27th April 2023, including a panel discussion led by pinfa-NA.

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Pinfa General Assembly

Members discussed PIN FRs in products, recycling, chemicals regulations and building fire safety, including with supply-chain organisations and with the European Commission.

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EAPFP says fire safety key to sustainability

Input to the CPR revision says fire performance should be a key performance indicator for building sustainability.

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New UK group for passive fire safety

The Passive Fire Knowledge Group is set up by the Finishes and Interiors Sector (FIS) federation to change fire culture.

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HFFR fire-safe cables tie paternal love

Ad campaign for Havells India compares HFFR wiring in homes to a father always present to keep his children safe.

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Comparison of railway fire safety standards

Report to federal administration suggests the US should consider material fire performance and smoke toxicity criteria possibly comparable to European railway requirements.

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