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Fire Rated Information

Fire Rated and Fire Tested Fabrics have been a topic of conversation for many years at Bourne Mills.

We will try to give you some insight into helping you understand the Fire Codes and Requirements, and also show you some of our product offerings that meet or exceed the various codes.  First we have two main tests that seem to apply to most contracts relating to FR Fabrics and FR Drapery.

NFPA 701 & 70


Bourne Mills FR Fabrics


NFPA 701

First we need to understand the various codes and specifications.  For years, most Canadian Fire Marshall's specified that NFPA 701 (followed with a NFPA 705 Field Test) would meet the FR requirement of jobs that required FR fabrics.  To get more information regarding the testing required to meet the NFPA 701 Standard, please follow the link below.

Here is the NFPA 701 PDF


Over the last few years we have been seeing more contracts asking fabrics pass the CAN/ULC-S109. Here is the information regarding this standard.  Below we have included details regarding the CAN/ULC-S109 test excerpted from


1.1 These requirements apply to the performance in flame-exposure tests of flame-resistant fabrics of
natural, synthetic, or combinations of natural and synthetic fibres, or plastic films intended for such use as tents, awnings, draperies, or decorations. The flame resistance of the fabric or film may be inherent in the material used or may be the result of chemical treatment to retard ignition and spread of flame.
1.2 These requirements are not intended to apply to fabrics and films to be used for clothing nor to
materials to be applied to surfaces of building or backing materials as interior finishes.
Note: Where fabrics and films are backed by a substrate, the fabric and film is more appropriately tested to the requirements in CAN/ULC-S102, Standard Method of Test for Surface Burning Characteristics of Building Materials and Assemblies. For the evaluation of roof coverings refer to the requirements in CAN/ULC-S107, Methods of Fire
Tests of Roof Coverings.
1.3 The fabrics and films are intended for use in accordance with the requirements in the National
Building Code of Canada.

Status: Standard
Language: English
Publish date: 2014-09-01
Supersedes: CAN/ULC-S109-03
ICS Codes: 59.080.30; 83.140.10; 13.220.40; 13.220.50;
Standard Number: CAN/ULC-S109-14


BMC FR Products

Bourne Mills Fabrics that pass the various FR Tests (click the PDF file to view)



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