Fire Rated Notice Boards - The Core Issue
Wall linings, including notice boards, are subject to European testing for Reaction to Fire. Fire rated boards are tested against EN13501-1:2007+A1:2009. The Classification of a board is split into three parts:
Buying Fire Safe Notice Boards
In order to satisfy the requirements of the classification, boards must have been tested as a composite panel. It is not sufficient for the separate components of the board (e.g. just the fabric) to be individually fire rated.
Once the fabric has been compromised by flame (or torn/damaged) the core of the board becomes fuel feeding the spread of the flame. A fire rated fabric covering will not prevent a combustible pin board core from exacerbating the surface spread of flame.
ALWAYS REQUEST A COPY OF THE FIRE TEST CERTIFICATE FOR THE BOARD YOU ARE BUYING. IF THERE IS NO TEST CERTIFICATE AVAILABLE, DO NOT PURCHASE THE BOARD.
CHECKING WHETHER YOUR BUILDING IS SAFE:
Existing Sundeala fire rated notice boards can be identified by removing the board from the wall and checking the back of the board. If there is red printing visible on the board, the board is from the FRB range.
New fire rated notice boards purchased directly from Sundeala (or Sundeala Ltd T/A TeacherBoards) will have a clear identifying sticker on the surface of the board, indicating the fire rating. Up to date fire certificates can be downloaded from our websites.
If your boards are from the a different manufacturer, please contact your supplier immediately for identification procedures and EN13501-1 fire test certification.