Active Standard ASTM F1955 | Developed by Subcommittee: F08.22
Book of Standards Volume: 15.07
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Significance and Use
This test method is considered satisfactory for the acceptance of commercial shipments of sleeping bags since this test method has been used extensively in the trade for acceptance.
Many fabrics due to physical makeup or the finishing processes are combustible to some degree. Some combustible fabrics when used for sleeping bags are potentially dangerous to the user because of ease of ignition and burn rate. One of these characteristics can be measured with this test method. It must be understood, however, that no guarantee can be given and none is implied that sleeping bags achieving this standard for flammability will not be hazardous under certain conditions.
Finishes and fabric surface changes can exert a large effect on flammability. Therefore, sleeping bags are tested before as well as after laundering or dry cleaning in accordance with the manufacturer’instructions.
This test method is applicable to all sleeping bags.
1.1 This test method covers a means to measure the end use flammability, for example, burn rate of sleeping bags which use various materials and constructions in their manufacture, and provides labeling requirements to facilitate the identification of products conforming to this test method.
1.2 This test method defines the procedures described in the flammability standard CPAI-75 which has been the accepted standard in the sleeping bag industry in the U.S. for over 30 years.
1.3 The values stated in SI units are to be regarded as the standard. The values given in parentheses are for information only.
1.4 This standard should be used to measure and describe the properties of materials, products, or assemblies in response to heat and flame under controlled laboratory conditions and should not be used to describe or appraise the fire hazard or fire risk of materials, products, or assemblies under actual fire conditions. However, results of this test may be used as elements of a fire-risk assessment which takes into account all of the factors which are pertinent to an assessment of the fire hazard of a particular end use.
1.5This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.
2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.
D123 Terminology Relating to Textiles
D1776 Practice for Conditioning and Testing Textiles
Industrial Fabrics Association International StandardSpecificationCPAI-75 A Rate of Burn Standard for Sleeping Bags
ICS Number Code 97.200.30 (Camping equipment and camp-sites)