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Fire-Retardant Does Not Mean Fire-Proof

Prolonged exposure to a flame will cause any polyurethane foam to burn.  Polyurethane foam is an organic material, just like wood or cotton fabric.  ASTM E84 Class I fire retardant foam means that foam has been tested by Underwriter’s Laboratories (UL) for flame spread and smoke development, according to the ASTM E-84 tunnel test for surface burning characteristics.

Most major building code authorities consider Class I foam to meet these parameters: Flame spread <25 and smoke developed <450.

What does this all mean?  It means that it is very important to apply only E84 Class 1 insulation inside your homes walls because while it will not stop a fire, it will help give you time to get out of the house.  It also means that all insulation should be covered by a 15 minute fire-barrier in living spaces of the foam, like 1/2″ drywall.

Team Foam It Green wishes you to have a safe and happy home.  That is why our Closed Cell Foam, Slow Rise Closed Cell Foam, and our Dual Purpose Open Cell Foams are all ASTM E84 Class 1 fire retardant.  We are the only company on the market that assures that any foam you would use inside your home meets the requirements for insulation to keep your family safe!