We offer a suite of UKAS accredited reaction to fire tests together with classification of reaction to fire performance to BS EN 13501-1. It is also possible for us to devise bespoke test programmes to meet the needs of particular projects or products and to support research and development.
Reaction to fire relates to the combustibility and ignitability of a material i.e. its contribution to fire development and spread, rather than its ability to resist the passage of fire (which is proven by fire resistance testing). How a fire develops in the very early stages is of crucial importance to ensure safe evacuation.
Reaction to fire tests are commonly called up in codes and regulations in both the building and transport sectors. In England and Wales, the fire requirements for buildings are dealt with by Approved Document Part B of the Building Regulations.
The tests for reaction to fire tend to be smaller in scale than for fire resistance and are carried out on specific components or materials representative of end-use application for example:
- Wall linings
- Ceiling linings
- External wall surfaces
- Fire retardant treatments
- Jointing systems