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New Standard Aims to Enhance Fire Safety of Amusement Ride Materials


A new ASTM International standard will help manufacturers enhance the fire safety of padding and other materials used on amusement rides.

The new practice covers the properties related to flammability, smoke products, and heat-release rates for materials used in amusement ride vehicles. Designers, engineers, manufacturers, owners, and operators will use the standard to understand the fire properties of foam goods including back supports, restraint devices, and other types of padding for patrons.

“With the new standards, designers will learn how some materials do not fall into a building codes type of flame-smoke standard,” says ASTM International member Roger Berry, a representative of the Ralph S. Alberts Co. “If we can make designers aware, then it’s easier for them to address issues.”

The new standard (soon to be published as F3214) was created by ASTM International’s committee on amusement rides and devices (F24).

Berry notes that the new standard works in conjunction with other standards including the practice for ownership, operation, maintenance, and inspection of amusement rides and devices (F770).

For more information on the work of the amusement rides committee, watch this video or read this fact sheet.

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Release #10488

February 16, 2018



February 16, 2018

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