Bespoke by Evans offers a range of inherently flame-retardant fabrics suitable for a wide variety of commercial environments including healthcare, hospitality and education sectors. Each fabric substantially decreases the risk of fire and injury. The video below, courtesy of Vision, shows why FR textiles and fabrics are needed within public environments.

Business owners of hospitality, healthcare and other organisations have a duty of care to ensure everything in their power is done to reduce the risk of fire and improve the safety of their guests, staff and residents alike. Fire safety in non-domestic buildings, which includes care homes and hotels, is controlled by the Regulatory Reform (Fire safety) Order 2005. In short, the order imposes a duty on the operator of the building to take responsibility for fire safety – this includes ensuring soft furnishings and fabrics meet British Standards.

The UK standard for flame retardancy is BS5867, Part 2B means that an item can be washed 12 times and still passes the fire-retardant test, while Part 2C relates to inherently flame retardant fabrics; these can be washed up to 50 times and continue to be fire resistant.

Unawareness or avoidance of the flame-retardant furnishing regulations can have devastating consequences. A shocking and sombre reminder of the devastation hazardous fire can have on inadequate materials is the tragedy of Grenfell Tower. The speed in which the fire engulfed the building, the little chance of escape for the more susceptible being confused or less agile. This is a stark reminder to choose the right fabrics.

A simple change to flame retardant British Standard certified fabrics will reduce fire risk in any environment. All Bespoke by Evans flame retardant fabrics are designed and digitally printed within the UK and can be used for bedding, curtains and chair.

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