Flame Retardant Guide

IFR: Inherently Flame Retardant

Fabric that has been woven from special fibers that are non combustible or a flame retardant additive is added to the fiber to give the fabric permanent flame resistance. Environmental factors, added components or any other processing may compromise the fabrics flame resistant integrity. Re-testing and re-flame proofing may still be required on IFR fabrics.


FR: Flame Retardant

Fabric that has been treated with a flame retardant chemical at a flame proofing facility or at the mill. This is a topical treatment, usually it is water soluble and has limited service life. It cannot stand up to high humidity or washing. The fabric must be re-certified each year and after any further alterations or atmospheric conditions that threaten the flame resistant chemicals. Re-flame proof as necessary to maintain certification.


NFR: Non Flame Retardant

Fabric that has not been treated with any flame retardant chemicals, but can be .


CNFP: Cannot be Flame Proofed

 Fabric that cannot be flame proofed without risking the structural integrity or change in appearance of the product.


Fire prevention awareness in public spaces/venues is a very important issue. Fabric that is used as such is required by law in many states to be certified as Flame Retardant, according to standards set forth by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). The NFPA has a range of standards depending on how the fabric is used. The standard that applies to draperies, curtains and similar hanging textiles is the NFPA 701 Small Scale test.


There are many conditions that affect the flame resistant properties of a fabric; how the fabric is used, what other fabric or non-fabric components are added to the foundation fabric; atmospheric and environmental conditions such as sunlight, heat, dust, humidity, rain, etc; the age of the goods; any physical alterations, sewing, printing, painting, adhesive materials or any other added processing steps. The customer is responsible for confirming that the entire design passes the appropriate Federal, State and Local Fire Codes. You should treat and/or pretest samples of all your substrates and then have them approved by local fire authorities prior to installation.


Afabric Agenda’s fabrics are, unless otherwise specified Flame Retardant and meet the standards set forth by the NFPA 701 Small Scale test, as well as being approved and registered with the CA State Fire Marshal. They are treated with Flame Retardant chemicals either in fiber form, at the mill or afterwards at a Flame Proofing facility or they have been woven from special fibers that are non combustible. A flame certificate will be provided to you upon request after purchase of any of our fabrics that are rated with FR status.


Afabric Agenda can assist you with our experience and knowledge, but cannot assume responsibility for how our customers use and maintain their fabric or finished product. Flame resistance is also not a guarantee that a fabric will not ignite into a flame and burn. Afabric Agenda cannot be held responsible for any rejections by authorities.

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