Putting Science to Work: DuPont Innovations Help Meet New U.S. Flammability Standard
DuPont innovations are playing a key role in helping mattress manufacturers meet the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s (CPSC) new flammability standard for mattresses. The standard goes into effect July 1, helping to create a safer sleep environment for consumers and their families.
“DuPont™ Fire Resistant Materials with Kevlar® brand aramid fiber is an exciting development that will provide consumers inherent thermal protection for consumer mattresses by leveraging the DuPont technology that has been protecting fire fighters, first responders and the military for more than 40 years,” said Kathy Kowalski, global director of new business development - DuPont Advanced Fiber Systems.
“DuPont has a proven track record in flame and thermal protection for a variety of applications for many decades,” said Michael DeFranks, Director of Engineering - Simmons Bedding Company. “The company’s unique expertise in this field makes it a natural fit to help the mattress industry provide an enhanced level of safety for our customers.”
DuPont™ Kevlar® uniquely combines high strength with thermal protection. Kevlar®, recognized throughout the world for its performance attributes, is five times stronger than steel on an equal weight basis, providing reliable performance and solid strength. It is the molecular structure of Kevlar® that provides high thermal stability and high resistance to many threats and dangers in a variety of applications and end uses.
As of July 1, all mattresses sold in the United States must meet the CPSC’s flammability standard that is designed to reduce the severity of mattress fires ignited by open flame sources such as candles, matches and lighters. The CPSC estimates that once fully effective, the new federal flammability standard will prevent as many as 270 deaths and 1,330 injuries every year.
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