Reaction to fire testing looks at limiting the combustion potential of a material to enhance public safety, aid in firefighting, and protect property. Element's full range of reaction to fire testing services helps assess your material's contribution to fire, enabling you to design and build better and safer products.
The behavior of burning material in a developing fire will impact how easy it is for people to escape from the scene. Even when a reaction to fire testing is not required under regulations, a relevant insurer or authority may request improvements to fire performance, for which testing is required.
Element's fire testing experts offer a wide variety of reaction to fire tests, including the Steiner Tunnel, the Flooring Radiant Panel, or the Cone Calorimeter test, serving customers in many industries, from building products to furniture, transportation, plastics, textiles, and more.
Operating in some of the world's most extensive laboratories across Canada and the US, we carry out testing on specific components or materials representative of the end-use application. We evaluate the ignition, flame spread, heat release, smoke generation, and toxicity properties of your material, ensuring that you are compliant with the relevant regulations and fire codes.
Benefits of reaction to fire testing
Testing for the reaction to fire properties of a material is instrumental to understand it's reaction at a fire's early stages. At this stage the burning material will heavily influence the fire's growth. Knowledge of the reaction to fire properties of a material is therefore critical to understand how it will contribute to the fire's spread, helping manufacturers create products that take the longest amount of time possible to ignite to allow safe evacuation before the fire becomes life threatening.
The Element advantage
Fire testing is an essential aspect of creating safe products for the consumer. Our capabilities allow us to be your single-source provider for all of your testing needs with dedicated fire experts for reaction to fire testing, flammability, and fire resistance, our capabilities allow us to be your single-source provider for all of your testing needs. Our laboratories are accredited to ISO/IEC 17025 and ISO/IEC 17020 standards to ensure that our customers have full confidence in accurate and reliable test results.
For more information about how we perform reaction to fire testing or learn more about our complete fire testing offer, contact us today.
Find out more about Element's reaction to fire services
Fire Testing of Building Materials
Find out about Element's complete range of fire testing services for interior finish materials used in buildings to ensure compliance with fire safety standards and building codes.
Furniture Flammability Testing
Element provides comprehensive furniture flammability testing programs against many standards including CAL TB 117 and NFPA 260 to ensure your product is fit for purpose and safe to use.
Fire Testing of Materials used in Transportation
Element's experts provide complete fire testing programs of materials used in transportation. We test against ASTM E 162, ASTM E 662, and other standards to make sure they are safe and compliant.
Textile Flammability Testing
Element's fire testing laboratories provide complete textile flammability testing programs. We test against CAN/ULC-S 109, NFPA 701, and other standards to ensure your product is compliant and safe to use.
Flammability Testing of Plastics
Learn about Element's flammability testing of organic and inorganic plastics as per UL 94 and other standards to ensure polymeric materials adhere to safety standards to reduce fire risks.