In recent years, no other type of product has evolved and improved more than electrical and electronic goods. Today, we take for granted being able to talk on the phone while we are walking along the street or watching a film on a computer during a long train ride. Key to this constant evolution in technology has been the ability to switch from heavy and costly materials, to lighter and more energy efficient ones.
So where do flame retardants come in? The innovations that have become a natural part of our daily lives have been accompanied by new fire safety risks. Engineers are constantly considering new materials to produce televisions, computers, laptops or household appliances. Thanks to flame retardants, the risk of these materials now catching fire is much reduced.
Originally, plastic components were only a tiny percentage of the parts used in electronics. Today, they are part of almost every component in a computer, as well as in most electrical equipment and electronic appliances. However, because of the risk posed by internal electrical short circuits, heat release during use and the potential for ignition from external sources, it is extremely important to incorporate flame retardants into plastic components if it is being used anywhere near an electrical current as well as other sources of heat or ignition.