BFD IX-10

BOSTON FIRE DEPARTMENT BFD IX-10

Micom offers Boston Fire Department BFD IX-10 testing as part of its Furniture testing services. Boston Fire Department BFD IX-10 testing is a test procedure used by the Boston Fire Department for regulating new and re-upholstered seating product safety.

Boston Fire Department BFD IX-10 – Uses and factors to consider:

 Boston Fire Department BFD IX-10 regulates the flammability resistance performances of seating products for its jurisdiction area.  It is based on ASTM E1537 and Cal 133.  BFD IX-10 allow testing to three different criteria groups:

  • Criteria 1 uses an open calorimeter test and the compliance status is based on three test parameters: Rate of Heat Release, Total Heat Release and Total Mass Loss.
  • Criteria 2 uses a room fire test method with the following five acceptance criteria: Rate of Heat Release, Total Heat Release, Total Mass Loss, Carbon Monoxide and Smoke Opacity.
  • Criteria 3 also uses a room fire test with the following criteria: Temperature Rise, Total Mass Loss, Carbon Monoxide and Smoke Opacity.

For criteria “2” and “3” each individual acceptance criteria from the Boston Fire Department BFD IX-10 regulation is the same as Cal 133.  However to meet the criteria 2 requirements one has to meet the Cal 133 “A” and “B” test criteria.  For establishing compliance to criteria “3”, only the requirements from Cal 133, test method “A” has to be met.

Boston Fire Department BFD IX-10 – Typical Experimental Parameters:

Typical experimental parameters we will want to confirm with you so that we can run and document a proper test are as follows:

  • Number of specimens/product:  1
  • Over all chair construction: structure and base materials, cushioning, upholstering (fiber content, construction, surface treatment…)

Note: A worst case scenario analysis can be done in order to limit the number test samples to be tested.

For more information about Boston Fire Department BFD IX-10; please contact us.

Other related test methods:

For additional test methods related to this standard please see: Cal 133.

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