Increasing awareness of toxicity of halogenated flame retardants (FRs) has resulted in stringent regulations that require the elimination of their use in plastics. Consequently, there is considerable interest for the development of new varieties of high performance FRs. Here, we report the synthesis of new class of polyphenol based FR additives. Preliminary investigations indicate that these FR materials can possibly work through a combination of radical scavenging and char-formation. The thermal stability and char yield of polyphenol samples were investigated by thermogravimetric analysis (TGA). Thermal characterization indicated that these polymers produce significant amount of carbonaceous char upon combustion.