The California State Fire Marshal’s office is updating its textile flammability document, Title 19, for the first time since 1993. An April conference call included a discussion of the test method (Section 1273.3) for unsupported film, synthetic fabrics, coated fabrics and fabrics for exterior use.
A subcommittee will be further assessing the test and how it differs from the large scale test. Also, since the test in Section 1273.3 does not give a length of time that the fabric is exposed to the test flame, a suggestion will be made for a set exposure time. The new validation stickers, a program still in development, was also discussed. The stickers will be required along with a certificate of flammability.
Revisions are suggestions only at this point; the public will be given an opportunity to comment prior to a final determination being made. Juli Case, IFAI’s information and technical services manager, serves on the committee and will notify the industry through IFAI publications and websites and other media when that opportunity is available. For more information, contact Case at firstname.lastname@example.org.