All our products come with fire ratings for use in different environments, from suitable for use in the home and domestic dwellings to commercial specification crib 5 and crib 7 covers for the hospitality, healthcare and commercial sectors. Here we explain what all that means and set your mind at ease that the furniture you're buying is up to the standard you need.

Fire Ratings For Domestic UK Use

Tested to BS5852 Source 0 & 1 (Cigarette & Match)

All of the chairs and sofas listed on our site conform to the Furniture and Furnishings (Fire Safety) Regulations or FFFSR for short, this covers furniture for domestic use in the UK. If you are purchasing a product for normal domestic use in the home or a domestic dwelling in the UK then everything listed on our website is suitable and you don't need to concern yourself any further.

Fire Ratings For Commercial and Public Use - British Standard BS7176

The legal requirements for the fire resistance of furniture supplied for commercial use in the UK is contained in The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order or RRFSO for short. The RRFSO states that every building needs a responsible person who is responsible for deciding furniture ignition-resistance. These decisions are made as part of a wider-reaching fire risk assessment, covering:

  • Construction & materials used
  • Provision of fire escape routes
  • Fire detection
  • Fire fighting systems
  • The building contents (which includes furniture)
This all-encompassing approach means that the RRFSO does not actually specify precise ignition resistance requirements for furniture.

British Standard BS7176 is available to guide the Responsible Person (who is often the owner of a building or business). BS7176 is a UK-only testing standard (it has no EN in the title) which is used to test the ignition-resistance of seats in commercial and public premises. Our commercial products are made up-to the following specifications depending on where the product will be used.

Tested to BS5852 Source 0 & 1 (Cigarette & Match)
Tested to Crib 5 (BS5852)
or Tested to Crib 7 (BS5852)

The second and third of these is tested using small stacks of wood - eg. a Crib 5 or a Crib 7 stack. If a product passes a particular test, it is categorised according to the section below.

BS7176 groups types of commercial premises, categorising them by the level of fire hazard (how high the fire risk is perceived to be), again set out below. The following list of locations is a reasonable guide for the responsible person of a commerical premise.

Performance Standard BS7176 - Low Hazard

Products tested to BS5852 Source 0 & 1 (Cigarette & Match)

Low Hazard commercial locations include;

  • Offices
  • Receptions
  • Schools
  • Colleges
  • Universities
  • Museums
  • Exhibitions
  • Day Centres
Performance Standard BS7176 - Medium Hazard

Products tested to BS5852 Source 0 & 1 (Cigarette & Match)
Also tested to Crib 5 (BS5852)

Medium Hazard commercial locations include;

  • Hotels
  • Hotel Bedrooms
  • Restaurants
  • Pubs
  • Bars
  • Casinos
  • Hospitals
  • Hostels
  • Public Buildings
  • Public Entertainment Venues
  • Public Halls
  • Services' Messes
  • Doctors Waiting Rooms
  • Dentist Waiting Areas
  • Golf Clubs
  • Airports
Performance Standard BS7176 - High Hazard

Products tested to BS5852 Source 0 & 1 (Cigarette & Match)
Also tested to Crib 7 (BS5852)

High Hazard commercial locations include;

  • Some specific hospital and hostel locations
  • Prisons
  • Offshore locations such as oil rigs

If you are unsure of your suitability requirements please don't hesitate to contact us.