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What is BS 5867 Part 2 Type B?

Updated: Dec 16, 2023

Introduction to BS 5867 Part 2 Type B

The British Standards Institution (BSI) establishes safety regulations and guidelines for various industries in the UK, including flammability standards for fabrics used in curtains and drapes. In this informative blog post, we will delve into the significance of complying with the BS 5867 Part 2 Type B standard, explore the history behind the development of these fire standards, and discuss how Fireproofing can help you achieve compliance through fire retardant spraying and certification services.

Grey BS 5867 Part 2 Type B Treated Fabric
Grey BS 5867 Part 2 Type B Treated Fabric

Understanding BS 5867 and its Different Parts

BS 5867 is a flammability test for fabrics used in curtains and drapes in the British contract industry. The standard is divided into three performance levels: Type A, Type B, and Type C. Type A is the baseline FR standard to pass, whereas Type C is the most demanding. In this guide, we will focus on Type B, which is applicable to fabrics used in:

  • Schools

  • Theatres

  • Hotels

  • Public buildings

  • Offices

The Test Procedure for BS 5867 Part 2 Type B

Type B of the BS 5867-2 flammability test specifically applies to fabrics used in hotels, public buildings, and offices. Ensuring your fabrics adhere to Type B standards is essential for maintaining a safe environment in public spaces.

The test is carried out by orienting a fabric specimen vertically and applying a 15-second flame to it. The fabric is then observed to see if the flame spreads or drips flaming debris. Achieving compliance with the BS 5867 Part 2 Type B standard means that the fabric does not spread the flame or produce flaming debris during the test.

The History of Flammability Standards and the Role of BSI

The British Standards Institution (BSI) was founded in 1901 as the Engineering Standards Committee. Its primary goal was to establish standards for various industries to promote safety, efficiency, and consistency. Over time, the BSI expanded its scope to include flammability standards for fabrics and other materials, recognizing the critical role that fire safety plays in public spaces.

The development of BS 5867 Part 2 Type B and other flammability standards has been instrumental in reducing fire-related incidents and improving overall safety in public buildings. These standards not only ensure that fabrics used in curtains and drapes can resist ignition and minimize fire spread but also help establish guidelines for the proper use, maintenance, and inspection of these materials.

Fireproofing's Fire Retardant Spraying Services: Ensuring Compliance with BS 5867 Part 2 Type B

Fireproofing's fire retardant spraying services are designed to help clients meet the requirements of BS 5867 Part 2 Type B. Our team of experts carefully applies fire retardant chemicals to curtains and drapes, ensuring they are protected against ignition and flame spread.

The fire retardant chemicals used by Fireproofing have been thoroughly tested and proven to achieve the required standard when applied correctly. Our years of experience in the industry ensure that clients receive top-quality services and the reassurance that their curtains and drapes will meet the BS 5867 Part 2 Type B standard.

Dry Clean Only: Preserving the Fire Retardant Properties

It's important to note that the fire retardant chemicals applied during Fireproofing's spraying services are dry clean only. This means that if the treated curtains or drapes are washed, the chemicals can be removed, reducing the material's fire resistance. To maintain compliance with BS 5867 Part 2 Type B, clients should ensure that their treated curtains and drapes are dry-cleaned only, and never laundered using water.

Regular Inspection and Maintenance of Treated Fabrics

In addition to proper cleaning methods, it's crucial to regularly inspect and maintain treated curtains and drapes. This ensures that the fire-retardant properties remain effective and in compliance with the BS 5867 Part 2 Type B standard. Over time, damage, wear, or improper cleaning can reduce the fabric's fire resistance. Regular inspection and maintenance can help identify any issues early on and allow for necessary repairs or retreatment, ensuring ongoing compliance with the standard.


Understanding the importance of the BS 5867 Part 2 Type B standard and adhering to it is essential for maintaining a safe environment in public spaces like hotels, schools, theatres, and offices. The standard ensures that curtains and drapes used in these spaces are resistant to ignition and flame spread, reducing the risk of fire-related incidents.

Fireproofing offers fire retardant spraying services to help clients meet the requirements of BS 5867 Part 2 Type B. By using tested and proven fire retardant chemicals, clients can trust that their curtains and drapes will maintain compliance with this essential safety standard. With proper care, including dry cleaning only and regular inspection and maintenance, treated fabrics can provide a reliable and long-lasting solution for fire safety in public spaces.

Contact Us

For more information about our fire retardant spraying services and how we can help you achieve compliance with BS 5867 Part 2 Type B standards, please feel free to contact us. We would be happy to answer any questions you may have and provide personalized quotes for your curtain and drape fireproofing needs.

  1. Call us at 07970 522475 to speak with one of our experienced team members.

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Don't hesitate to reach out to us for assistance with fireproofing your curtains and drapes in compliance with BS 5867 Part 2 Type B standards. Our team at Fireproofing is dedicated to ensuring the safety of public spaces through high-quality fire retardant services.


About the Author: Adam Sawyer

Adam is an industry expert with over 35 years of experience in textile care and fire retardant treatments. He is the founder of Fireproofing, a company specializing in fire retardant spraying and application services for curtains, fabrics, upholstery, wood, and more. With a strong commitment to customer satisfaction and safety, Adam has built lasting relationships with clients and established a reputation for excellence in the field. To learn more about Adam and Fireproofing, visit About Us & Our Expert.



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