Asked & Answered: EPS Foam and Fire Retardants


There are some misconceptions about EPS foam in the building industry. In this Asked & Answered we discuss how fire retardants used in EPS foam as used in building products.  EPS foam, when used in building products, contains a fire retardant added to the bead before it is expanded and molded. Additionally EPS foam with this fire retardant is not a fuel source. When exposed to high heat, EPS foam doesn’t burn, it melts. This is due to the fact that the EPS is expanded with steam and only contains air. The EPS foam used in packaging and shipping is not the same as