CPAI-84 flammability specification

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Does CPAI-84 apply to fabric screen houses? We make a product with mesh sidewalls and need to know if it falls under CPAI-84.

CPAI-84 is a flammability specification, written by IFAI as a voluntary industry specification, at a time when our name was the Canvas Products Association International (CPAI). While the title of the document (“A Specification for Flame-Resistant materials Used in Camping Tentage”) references camping tents, the definition of camping tent is quite broad:

2.1 Camping Tentage. Any portable temporary shelter or structure designed to protect people from the elements. This includes, though not exclusively, the following: camping tents; play tents (indoor and outdoor); recreational vehicle awnings; dining flies and canopies; fabric screen houses; add-a-rooms; and ice fishing tents.

Since your fabric screen house uses sidewalls of mesh, it’s possible that it might fit under an exemption described in section 2.2.2 Wall and Top Material: Note: “No-see-um” type netting or mesh materials weighing 50 g/m2 or less are exempted from the flammability requirements of CPAI-84. This netting material has not been shown to add appreciably to the flammability of the tent.

In other words, if your fabric screen house is made of mesh that is heavier than 50 g/m2, then it falls under CPAI-84.

Juli Case is IFAI's information and technical services manager.


Comments are the opinion of individual posters and do not reflect the views of Specialty Fabrics Review or Industrial Fabrics Association International.

  • Maria

    Does a playcurtain fall under NFPA or CPAI

    Hello As a manufacture of playcurtains I wonder if a play tent placed on a bunk bed are considered as a curtain or a tent, and therefor should comply to either NFPA 701 ( curtains ) or CPAI 84 - tents The material are 100% cotton with a screen print. BR Maria

  • Angie

    tent ?

    I would like to know the thickness of the tent material itself.  There's one at Big Lots for $350.00, and I'd just like to know how it would hold up.  It's a Wilson & Fisher 10 x 12.  It says 100 % polyester, but that's all it says.  Please help.

    Thank You,


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