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Furnish your home safely with wool

The Fibre

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Do you ever think about what makes up the furnishings in your home? What your carpet is made of? Your lounge? Or your curtains?

Often, people don’t think about this until it is too late.

Wool is naturally flame resistant, so furnishing your home with items made from wool will make your house a safer environment for you and your children.

WOOL HOME TEXTILES

Of the commonly used textile fibres, including cotton, rayon, polyester, acrylic and nylon, wool is widely regarded as the most flame resistant, and its incredible inherent properties mean that it will neither melt nor stick to your skin or furnishings.

A new video produced by The Woolmark Company, in conjunction with the Australian Wool Testing Authority (AWTA), visually illustrates the difference between furnishing your home in wool versus non-wool items. And the results are devastating.

Wool fire resistant

We see a young mother about to put her baby in its cot when the phone rings. A breeze blows the curtain in front of the heater causing it to catch alight. In a matter of moments the room is a blaze. Luckily, we see the mother outside on the phone, cradling her baby. This room was furnished with non-wool fibres.

A similar scenario is then played, but this time the furnishings are all made from wool. As the Merino wool curtain blows in front of the heater, nothing happens. Not even a spark.

Testing the flammability of fabrics and garments can ensure your loved ones are protected whilst in the comfort of your own home.

DID YOU KNOW:

• Wool’s inherent chemical structure makes wool naturally flame resistant. It is a highly trusted natural fibre in public areas such as hotels, aircrafts, hospitals and theatre.

• Wool is harder to ignite than many common textile fibres. Whilst cotton catches alight at 255°C, the temperature must reach 570-600°C before wool will ignite.

• While polyester melts at 252-292°C and nylon succumbs at an even lower 160-260°C, wool never melts so it can’t stick to the skin like many common synthetics, sparing burn victims from significant medical complications.

• In the unlikely event that wool does ignite, it won’t normally sustain a flame, because its natural chemical structure means it requires more oxygen from the surrounding air than the atmosphere normally contains.  It either burns very slowly or goes out. If it does catch on fire, it produces less smoke and harmful gases than with most synthetic materials.

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