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The Importance of the Affidavit for Inherently Flame Resistant Materials

It can be overwhelming for a business owner to think about trying to navigate the maze of FDNY fire safety regulations.  There are so many things to be addressed, and it may always feel like something is going to fall through the cracks.  One sub-category in the area of fire safety is flameproofing.  FDNY requires that decorative items or items used for artistic enhancement in business establishments be treated with flame retardants if they are not otherwise inherently flame resistant. A business owner must be able to demonstrate that these requirements have been met by obtaining a valid affidavit.  These are 2 different sets of requirements, and today we are discussing the affidavit that is needed for materials that are inherently non-combustible.

For this specific kind of affidavit, the items referenced here are ones that already satisfy the NFPA (National Fire Protection Agency) 701 requirements and are not required to be treated with flame repellents. For these special items, the business owner will need to file this document with the Bureau of Fire Prevention.  For the affidavit to be valid, it needs to be signed by a C-15 Certificate of Fitness holder (like Manhattan Flameproofing), and it needs to state that every piece of scenery or decoration is inherently non-combustible. This certificate should be filed with the Bureau within 10 days of the items being displayed, and the business owner also needs to keep a copy on site as well. 

So what exactly is the Bureau of Fire Prevention looking for on this affidavit, to ensure that it is valid?

It should have the name of the person who personally inspected the items and signed off, along with his C-15 Certificate of Fitness number and the date it expires.  In addition, it needs to have the name of the manufacturer who designed the items. An exact description of the materials should be included as well as a written description of the materials' properties that allow it to be inherently flame-resistant.

In order for the FDNY to accept this affidavit, the items listed must be in compliance with their standards. If they're not, the FDNY will get in touch with the business owner as well as the Certificate of Fitness holder, in writing, and explain that the item or items in question are not in compliance with their standards. As a result, the business owner needs to remove that item from the establishment, and it's not able to be displayed again until it has received fire retardant treatments.  Once this has occurred, a new and separate affidavit of flame-resistant treatment (different from the inherently flame-resistant affidavit) will be issued and must be kept on file with the FDNY.

It can seem like a lot of work to navigate through the minutiae of regulations, but the level of fire protection that flameproofing provides makes it well worth it. It is even more work to try to resolve a situation where a business owner is found to be non-compliant.  At Manhattan Flameproofing, we can walk you through the process step by step and make sure we get it right the first time. We can guide you and let you know which items need to be treated, which items are inherently flame-resistant, and which affidavits you need.  Please call us today so we can help you through the process and see that you meet all of the FDNY's requirements.  We offer free, no-obligation estimates, so give us a call today: 1-800-268-7993.

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