Ventex is heavily involved in the
design of open flame resistant mattress products for standard residential
mattresses. To find out more about different areas concerning Ventex's residential
products, click one of the following:
DID YOU KNOW?
Fire strikes most often at night while
people are asleep in their beds.
About 75% of all fire
deaths in the United States occur in private residences.
A typical bedroom needs only about 1700kW to reach flashover,
where all of the combustible items in the room ignite simultaneously.
In a comparison of severity of fires, one is 5 times more likely to
die if that fire starts in a bedroom - 10 times more likely if it starts in a living room.
There are over 30,000 mattress and bedding fires in the united states every year
resulting in over 600 deaths.
The likelihood of death in a fire increases
dramatically as you age - people over 70 have over a three fold increase in risk.
Of every 100 people that die in childset fires in the United States, 85 are children.
THINK FIRE SAFETY!
Unmatchable Safety and Comfort
Seconds are precious in a home fire. The ability for your family to escape will depend on how quickly a fire
spreads in your home. The comfortable, cushiony items that we fill our
homes with often contain highly flammable filling materials such as
polyurethane foam and polyester fiberfill.
VENTEX, manufacturers of premium fabrics for mattresses for the home,
is addressing this problem. By incorporating state of the art technology into this mattress product, VENTEX
has created a fabric for a supremely comfortable sleep set that reduces the risk that the mattress will
contribute significantly to a home fire even if it is the first item ignited.
Imagine a scenario where a curious, small child finds a lighter and attempts to light the
underside of a boxspring, or where the bed is pushed up against a malfunctioning wall socket, or where a lamp with a 100 watt
light bulb falls accidentally on your bed...these are all potentially deadly scenarios.
However, as a fire barrier shield under the outside cover of your mattress,
Spun Gold® is protecting the internal flammable components
from direct contact with the open flame source. While it does not completely eliminate the threat of fire in the bedroom,
it is removing the largest source of fuel for the fire from being an immediate massive contributor to a fire started
by what could be a small open flame.
All of this is achieved without harsh chemical flame retardants on the fabrics used, and without the use of products like
fiberglass. The fire barrier contains Kevlar fiber, the same product used in making bullet proof vests and protective apparel for fire fighters.
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Unmatchable Peace of Mind
|A traditional mattress without a fire barrier that only meets
the Federal Flammability Standard|
Purchasing an open flame resistant mattress should give you peace of mind
that you are buying the finest, most comfortable, state of the art product
manufactured today. Peace of mind is critical to sleeping well. We at VENTEX believe we have engineered
the perfect sleeping surface with the latest health and safety issues
in mind. Above is a comparison of two mattress products - the left one featuring
VENTEX's new Spun Gold® Fire Barrier
- and the other a traditional mattress without a fire barrier that only meets
the Federal Flammability Standard. Ironically, a sheet of newspaper will meet
"Class B" requirements for the Federal Flammability Standard.
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Residential Mattresses and the Fire Problem
There is a serious liability storm brewing on the
horizon for the mattress industry. The flammability work over the last
two decades has pointed to a serious problem with the "Federal Flammability
Standard". Mattresses that meet CCF4-72 (Cigarette Ignition) burn
completely and release tremendous amounts of energy when they come into
contact with open flames. This will precipitate an avalanche of new product
liability cases involving mattress fires in consumer's homes.
VENTEX has done most of the pioneer work in the field
of producing fire barriers that are specially designed to reduce the
hazard associated with open flame contact ignition fires. It is most likely
that the industry will be using barriers on a wide spread basis well
before the year 2000. The legal liability issue alone, driven by
compliance not with a standard, but a rapidly moving standard referred to
as a "state of the art" will dictate that barriers be used to avert
legal liability in cases where consumers are injured or killed by mattress fires.
Ultimately, consumers, governmental regulatory bodies, and product liability insurers
will insist on fully certified open flame resistant programs.
If you sell healthcare you need to call and find out about the latest changes in the
requirements of mattress and upholstery products sold into healthcare facilities.
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Questions and Answers
Why should I work on an open flame resistant mattress program for retail?
Reason #1: It will be a powerful marketing tool to get new business.
Reason #2: To reduce your liability in a future fire with one of your
mattress products. This program could serve as your main defense in a
product liability suit that you would otherwise lose.
Reason #3: It won't change the comfort of your mattress, but it will
bring you more business and differentiate you from your competitors.
VENTEX, Inc. stands ready to help you with designing, testing, certifying,
and marketing your line of open flame resistant mattress products today!
Call Us Today To Discuss Our Retail Open Flame Mattress Program
Featuring Spun Gold® Fire Barrier.
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Spun Gold® and OFR™ are
trademarks of Ventex, Inc. Our customers have tested prototypes of these mattresses
using the ASTM E 1590 test method and have determined that they meet
NFPA 101 Life Safety Code requirements of releasing less than 250kW
during the test.
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