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Accurate figures are difficult to obtain but it has been estimated that fires kill up to 100,000 people annually worldwide. It is also estimated that 10% of fires are attributed to electrical faults, due to mains wiring in buildings and in electrical equipment, with these fires accounting for 19% of injuries. Flame retardants are used very effectively to prevent fires, reduce their seriousness and also to delay onset to allow people more time to evacuate. US research has shown that flame retarda ...