Posted on 09/06/2016 in News 32 2016
Video shows why fire safety is essential for fibreboard

Medite is Europe’s leading producer of MDF (medium density fibreboard) for use in buildings interior and exterior for furnishing, walls, decoration and insulation, with over 400 different specifications available. The company’s products are CARB (California Air Resources Board) indoor emissions compliant (low formaldehyde) and use PIN flame retardants for fire safety.

The company’s online video shows the importance of flame retardancy for MDF panels, comparing two full-size furnished room tests simulating a hotel bedroom with MDF-based walls and ceiling. In the non flame retardant treated room (MDF Euroclass D), fatal conditions are reached in under 6 minutes after simulated paper wastebin fire in the room corner (temperature of 300°C and dense smoke) and flashover at 7 minutes (temperatures above 800°C with large flame, toxic burning gases, and a fire which would spread into other rooms). In the room using Medite Premier MDF (Euroclass B, using phosphorus and nitrogen PIN flame retardants from Ecochem) the waste bin fire never ignites the MDF walls, temperature only rises by 10°C in the room, there is little smoke and the fire self extinguishes when the flame source is stopped.
“Demonstration of Medite Premier Flame Retardant MDF product performance Medite MDF and SmartPly DSB” This short video dramatically demonstrates the benefits of Medite Premier FR Flame Resîstant MDF wîthin a typical hotel bedroom. YouTube

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