Bromine and Fire Safety

We live in a modern society where we are surrounded by consumer products, many of which are made out of flammable materials, such as oil-based plastics and synthetics.

Brominated Flame Retardants are chemicals commonly used in many domestic and industrial appliances including: computers, TVs, mobile phones, textiles, furniture, insulation boards and mattresses. More than 70% of electronic appliances are manufactured using brominated flame retardants. Brominated flame retardants are also used in a wide range of materials and textiles for upholstered furniture. Brominated flame retardants essential because they increase a product's resistance to fire. Flame retardants render ignition more difficult, and slow down the spread of fire (up to 15 times longer) allowing people to escape and making firefighter intervention easier.

For an overview of the applications of the different brominated flame retardants, please click here.