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School display boards fire hazard?

School display boards fire hazard?

School notice boards are a hidden fire hazard because they are often made of flammable material, an MP has warned.

"Notice boards can be set on fire very quickly, and they will burn," Labour's David Drew told MPs.

He claimed some boards are made of materials that are also sold as firelighters.

He called on the government to investigate the safety standards of boards being sold to schools, nursing homes and other public buildings.

In a Westminster Hall debate about the Regulation of Materials used in Notice Boards, Mr Drew said he had uncovered some alarming facts about the manufacture of notice boards.


"Something that we would want to be safe and secure is also available to people to set fire to, in a completely normal way, as a firelighter," he told the debate.

The majority of notice boards fitted in schools are made from a material that meets the lowest European safety standard, class E, said the Stroud MP.

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