Home Insulation Health and Safety
When you’re thinking about any product for your home, health and safety are obviously a priority—and insulation is no different. When it comes to health and safety properties, not all types of insulation are equal.
Flame resistance is, naturally, a primary consideration for insulation in the home.
Some factors to consider when comparing insulation types for fire safety:
Fiberglass and mineral wool insulation
Materials are noncombustible, and remain so for the life of the product. They require no additional fire-retardant chemical treatments—in fact, unfaced fiberglass and mineral wool are accepted as a fire block in wood frames. Note that some fiberglass and mineral wool facings (kraft paper, foil) are combustible, but when properly installed with a code-approved barrier, don’t pose a fire hazard. Kraft facing should never be left exposed.
Products are largely made of newspaper, which is highly combustible. Even though it’s heavily treated with fire-retardant chemicals prior to installation, it is a recognized fire hazard by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)
Spray Foam insulation
Spray foam insulation will ignite at 700°F
Information found at: https://insulationinstitute.org/im-a-homeowner/about-insulation/health-safety/