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What are the Best Practices for Flameproofing?

The concept of 'best practice' is a common idea in most professional fields.  The meaning behind is it that there are particular methods that have yielded the best results.  This concept of 'best practices' applies to the industry of flameproofing as well.  As a business owner, it's important for you to have some familiarity with these best practices so you can make sure that whatever flameproofing outfit is doing the job for you will be implementing those methods that have been proven best. Fortunately, here at Manhattan Flameproofing, we are fully aware of the lastest and most effective methods and treatments in our field.

So what best practices should you be looking for when your business location is being treated with fire retardants? These standards, which have originated from the FDNY, have been determined to be the most effective ways to fireproof the items at a business location.

1. After an object has been treated with fire retardants, it needs 24 hours to fully dry and then be tested for flame resistance. If it is tested earlier than that, you may not get an accurate result from the flame test.

2. If you have an item or object that has been classified as inherently non-combustible, or if it has been treated with flame repellents, it really still needs to be tested to make sure it actually is flame resistant. The FDNY recommends that the business owner be on location to witness this flame test alongside the C-15 Certificate of Fitness holder (the flameproofing company).

3. Any flameproofing company worth its salt will be up to date with the latest trends and practices.  A great way it can do that is to frequently check in with the FDNY website.  There's a ton of information there that helps any flameproofing outfit be kept abreast of the latest information and regulations. This is something you want to ask the flameproofing company you hire.

4. A quality flameproofing company will provide instructions on how to care for the items that were treated upon completion of flameproofing.  There are certain restrictions that apply to the handling of certain items; if items have been washed, dry-cleaned, etc., in most cases, they will require retreatment because their effectiveness in being flame resistant has been compromised.  In addition, the flameproofing affidavit actually requires this kind of retreatment in cases like this.

5. A quality flameproofing company will educate the business owner as to the limitations of the flameproofing treatments.  Many think that if an item has been treated, then it won't catch fire. That's not completely accurate.  An item that has been treated with fire retardants or is inherently flame resistant will not contribute to the spread of fire, and it will burn at a much slower rate.  These factors allow people who are on site during a fire to have ample time to evacuate safely and for the fire to be extinguished.

At Manhattan Flameproofing, we are proud to state that we follow all of these best practices as outlined by the FDNY.  As a valid C-15 Certificate of Fitness holder, we take very seriously the standards that the FDNY sets forth, and we implement them daily into our business practices.  We like to publish these standards to increase our accountability to you, the business owner, and to reassure you that we are up to date with the best practices in flameproofing.

Manhattan Flameproofing has been an industry leader for over 60 years, serving the Metro NYC area. Please call us today so we can serve your business and help keep Manhattan safe from the threat of fires.  We can talk through your needs and give you a free, no-obligation estimate: 1-800-268-7993

 

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