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How to Clean Your Curtains, Cycs and Nettings

We’re often asked by customers how to clean their curtains, cycs and nettings. Of course, cleaning is important to maintain the look of these products, but also to maintain their flame retardancy characteristics. Here are some important considerations when cleaning natural and synthetic fiber products.

Natural Fiber Products

Dry cleaning is a good option for curtains, cycs and nettings that are made of natural fiber fabrics (cotton, cotton/poly blends, linen, jute, silk). Since natural fiber products used in public spaces have all been treated with a water soluble flame retardant chemical, washing these materials in a water based solution will remove the FR (flame retardant) additive. This presents a fire safety hazard and would likely cause failure of any fire safety inspection.

Dry cleaning, on the other hand, will help preserve the flame resistant qualities of your treated fabric. However, the effectiveness of More...

What's a Fire Curtain?

Fire curtains provide a fire and smoke barrier that separates the stage house from the auditorium. In the event of a fire, the fire curtain automatically descends to provide theatre patrons extra time to safely evacuate.

Local building and fire codes vary and require different types of fire protection. Most states use a modified version of the National Fire Protection Association’s code (http://www.nfpa.org/). As a guideline, note that all Rose Brand fire curtains are designed, manufactured and installed according to NFPA80 and ANSI E1.22 standards. The curtains are made of 40 oz., non-asbestos, high temperature coated fiber glass fabric. However, before specifying a fire curtain for your venue, it's wise to check with your local fire marshal to insure that you're specs will meet local requirements.

The two most common fire curtain installations are Straight Lift and Brail Lift systems. The Straight Lift Curtain is rigged to always hang flat, so it requires a large fly space above the proscenium for storage. The Brail Lift Curtain requires much less space. It’s rigged similar to an Austrian curtain to gather in pleats above the proscenium.

Learn more about Straight Lift and Brail Lift fire curtains.

 

How To Choose Your Flame Retardant For Wood and Paper Products

Updated: April 2016

Here is a guide to choosing flame retardants for wood and paper products that you may use on your next gig.  Remember, since FR laws and codes are instituted on a local level, and your local fire marshals or building inspector has the final authority to approve your use of products, invite them into the discussion early. We recommend that you treat and pre-test samples of all of your substrates and then have them approved by the relevant fire safety authority in your area prior to installation. Click on any 'X" in the following chart to get more information about each FR product. Of course, satisfactory fire resistance depends on proper identification of substrates and proper application of the chemical according to the manufacturer's directions.


Wood Flame Retardant Guide

'A' = Approved for Use by Laboratory Testing
'E' = Effective Treatment Based on Field Testing

Wood Products

 FF3 

FF4
(L&P)

 FF6 

MG
702 

 RF-PC 

 RF-WD 

 MG790 

 Xmas 
Tree
Spray

 Jaxsan 

Aqua
Resin

Bamboo

 

 

 

E

 

 

 

E

 

 

Branches          

E

 

E

 

 

Cardboard  

E

A

E

A

E

A

 

 

 

Cellulose Boards        

A

E

A

 

 

 

Evergreens

 

 

         

A

 

 

Hemp Rope

 

E

 

E

 

E

 

 

 

 

Lumber (Raw Wood)  

A

 

A

 

A

A

 

E

E

Plywood

 

A

 

A

 

A

A

 

E

E

Raffia

E

E

E

E

 

E

 

 

 

 

 

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How To Choose Your Flame Retardant For Fabrics

Updated: April 2016

One of our priorities at Rose Brand is to help you maintain an appropriate level of soft goods fire safety and to guide you in your choice of fabric products and FR chemicals. Since FR laws and codes are instituted on a local level, and your local fire marshals or building inspector has the final authority to approve your use of products, invite them into the discussion early. We recommend that you treat and pre-test samples of all of your substrates and then have them approved by the relevant fire safety authority in your area prior to installation.

We've prepared the following chart that is intended to be a starting point for FR product selection. We've matched some of our most popular fabric substrates with their appropriate FR solution treatment. Just click on the "A" or the "E" to get more information about each FR product.  Of course, satisfactory fire resistance depends on proper identification of substrates and proper application of the chemical according to the manufacturer's directions.

Fabric Flame Retardant Guide

'A' = Approved for Use by Laboratory Testing
'E' = Effective Treatment Based on Field Testing

FABRIC

 FF2 

 FF3 

 FF4
(L&P)

 FF6 

 MG702 

 RF-NF 

 RF-SF 

 RF-DF 

 RF-WD 

Acrylic

 

 

 

 

 

 

A

 

 

Burlap

A

A

A

A

E

A

 

 

A

Cotton

A

A

A

A

A

A

 

 

 

Duvetyn

A

A

A

A

A

A

 

 

 

Erosion Cloth

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

E

Felt (Wool)

E

E

E

E

E

E

E

 

 

Jute

E

E

A

E

 

E

 

 

A

Linen

E

E

E

A

 

A

A

E

 

Metallic

 

A

A

 

 

 

E

E

 

Muslin (1 side painted)

E

E

E

E

E

A

 

 

 

Muslin (unfinished)

A

A

A

A

A

A

 

 

 

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Flame Retardant Fabrics: What’s the Difference between FR, IFR, DFR and NFR Fabrics?

Match Flame Test

An NFPA 705 match test being performed on a piece of fabric.

Fire safety is serious business and Rose Brand offers years of experience, dedicated support, and practical solutions to keep you and your audiences safe. While local fire codes may vary and local enforcement is open to interpretation and discretion, almost everyone has the same question in mind: Does the fabric self-extinguish if exposed to a small flame?

The goal is to keep accidents involving flame, heat and fabric from spreading rapidly. In the U.S., the most widely followed standard to determine fire resistance in curtain fabric is the National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) 701 standard. This standard specifies a lab test and the limits of allowable burning of curtain fabric. Since the lab test is impractical for spot checking fabrics outside of a formal lab, the NFPA has also established a field (match) test, NFPA 705.

As shown in the photo above, a vertical flame test is used to determine if a drapery fabric resists burning and is self-extinguishing. If a fabric is not sufficiently flame resistant to meet a standard, the fabric is labeled Non Flame Retardant (NFR). Fabrics that meet a self-extinguishing standard are categorized as Flame Retardant (FR), Inherently Flame Retardant (IFR), or Durably Flame Retardant (DFR). The method by which the fabric got to be sufficiently flame resistant determines the specific label.More...

How To Be Hassle-Free On Soft Goods Flame Retardancy Issues

Our industry has stringent fire safety regulations pertaining to soft goods flame retardancy. As a result of the good work of our stage technicians, fire officials and suppliers of flame retardant products, our industry also has an excellent record of fire safety. The following checklist describes best practices for implementing fire safety standards for your soft goods in your stage or event production.               

Rule #1: Get to know your local fire marshal
Discover and contact the authority that will have judgment over the acceptance of your scenery. This person may be the facility manager or house manager, an officer at the local firehouse, or a prevention officer from Fire Department Headquarters. Public Life Safety weighs heavily on their shoulders and they do not like surprises. Rather, they will be thrilled and most cooperative since you approached them in advance to discover the local requirements and to arrange pre-approvals.More...