• Short Summary

    THE HEM OF A NIGHTDRESS TOO CLOSE TO A FIRE OR HEATER ... A SUDDEN?

  • Description

    THE HEM OF A NIGHTDRESS TOO CLOSE TO A FIRE OR HEATER ... A SUDDEN FLASH OF FLAME ... AND YET ANOTHER FIRE TRAGEDY OF THE TYPE WHICH HAPPENS TOO FREQUENTLY IN HOMES AROUND THE WORLD.

    BUT IN LONDON, FEBRUARY 21, A MAN DELIBERATELY TRIED TO SET ALIGHT TO A NIGHTDRESS WORN BY A SMALL GIRL - AND NOTHING HAPPENED. HE HELD A FLAME TO THE HEM FOR SEVERAL MINUTES, BUT THE MATERIAL WOULD NOT FLARE. LATER HE AIMED A BLOW LAMP AT THE DRESS AS IT HUNG ON A STAND, BUT THE FABRIC MERELY SHRANK AWAY FROM THE FIERCE FLAME AND SHRIVELLED UP. IT WOULD NOT CATCH FIRE.

    THE FLAME WIELDER WAS DEMONSTRATING FOR THE FIRST TIME IN PUBLIC A NEW SYNTHETIC FIBRE DEVELOPED BY COURTAULDS. DESCRIBED AS A MAJOR BREAKTHROUGH IN ITS FIELD, THE FIBRE IS FLAME RESISTANT, WILL NOT BURN AND DOES NOT MELT INTO BEADS WHICH CAN INFLICT BURNS. IT IS BASED ON CHEMICALS WHICH ARE CHEAP AND READILY AVAILABLE, AND THE SELLING PRICE OF THE YARN WILL BE BELOW THAT OF NYLON COMPARABLE DENIER.

    COURTAULDS SAY THE MATERIAL CAN BE USED FOR CHILDREN'S CLOTHING, NIGHT WEAR, SHIRTS AND NET CURTAINS. THEY PLAN TO PRODUCES IT COMMERCIALLY WITHIN 18 MONTHS TO TWO YEARS, IF THE COMPANY REMAINS INDEPENDENT.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA4NOBN3YF1NC5ZCHCJ3MIEV401
    Media URN:
    VLVA4NOBN3YF1NC5ZCHCJ3MIEV401
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    23/02/1962
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:19:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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