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New Fire Standards for Wood Flooring: What You Need to Know

Posted on August 4, 2023

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Understanding the Tougher Fire Standards for Wood Flooring

The standards for fire safety that wood flooring, even when used for wood floor repairs, are beginning to tighten. Industry insiders are speculating that the latest reforms are just going to be the first of many changes intended to make the pursuit of safety the top priority when it comes to the use of wooden flooring. The commercial sectors of the wood flooring industry are facing much stricter requirements, with wood flooring now one of the factors that will be considered when inspectors assess a building for fire hazard risks. In order to cope with the new guidelines and stricter inspection regime, experts in the manufacturing industry are coming up with more and more options to improve the safety of their wooden flooring without sacrificing quality and appearance. One of the methods being used to achieve this is the introduction of lacquers for wooden flooring that are actually flame retardant, and which will help to decrease the likelihood of a wooden floor actually catching fire and going up in flames. Buildings with wooden flooring that are most likely to fall under the tougher new inspection guidelines are those along the lines of care homes, nurseries and schools, where people who are the most vulnerable would be at greater risk in the event of a fire. Lacquers which can provide flame retardation can be purchased over the internet, although experts point out that the average home with wooden floors are unlikely to require the added protection.

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