Household fires can be very dangerous. Research and testing is carried out to assess how materials burn. Four different fabrics are tested. Pure silk and pure cotton treated with a flame retardant are harder to set alight and need a naked flame to keep the fabric burning. The flame retardant cotton proved to be the safest fabric. This information is passed to furniture manufacturers. All household furniture and fabrics are now treated with fire retardants by law.
Provides breadth when studying materials and their properties. Teaches knowledge and understanding about a domestic and environmental context which is familiar and interesting to pupils. The clip looks at how science has played its part in the development of useful products. There are clear links with aspects of health and safety.
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