Common Questions About Flameproofing
in New York City

What is flameproofing?

Flameproofing is a specialized procedure of treating materials so that they will not support combustion.

What is the difference between “flameproofing” and “fireproofing”?

Fireproofing has the same meaning as flameproofing; however, the FDNY formally uses the word “flameproofing.”

What items require flameproofing?

The FDNY, the Health Department and the Building Department require the following items be flameproofed in all buildings used for public assembly, entertainment or instruction:

  • Decorations
  • Curtains
  • Drapes
  • Scenery
  • Any materials used for artistic enhancement

Which fire retardants are allowed to be used?

Certificate of Fitness Holders are only permitted to use fire retardants that are approved by the FDNY, as mandated by the FDNY.

Where does the flameproofing procedure take place?

The most efficient means of flameproofing is done on-site, reducing the time and cost involved in removing and reinstalling materials. However, materials are able to flameproofed off-site at no additional charge.

When is the best time to have flameproofing done?

While flameproofing can take place at any time, it is optimal to complete this procedure when there is minimal customer traffic.

Why should flameproofing be done?

The primary reason for flameproofing is the protection of human life and property in the event of a fire. However, flameproofing is required by the FDNY as well as the Health Department, the Building Department and insurance carriers.

How are materials flameproofed?

Materials can be flameproofed by either coating or soaking them in the flame retardant.

What is the cost for flameproofing?

The amount, the type, and the accessibility of the materials are factors in determining the amount of retardant needed and the total cost.

How is the flameproofing processed certified?

Flameproofing can only be certified by a company that has a Certificate of Fitness Holder for Flameproofing. Their affidavit, which displays both their certificate number and the fire retardant used, is the only documentation that will satisfy the needed requirements.

What is the duration of a flameproofing affidavit?

By FDNY standards, a flameproofing affidavit is good for one year. However, if the materials are washed or dry-cleaned, the affidavit is then void.

How soon can a flameproofing violation be resolved?

Manhattan Flameproofing can apply a fire retardant and deliver a complying affidavit within 24 hours of initial contact.

What is the best criteria for choosing a flameproofing company?

A quality flameproofing company should have all of the following:

  • A Certificate for Fitness for Flameproofing from the FDNY
  • Liability and Worker’s Compensation insurance
  • Usage of only FDNY-approved fire retardants
  • Willingness to guarantee their work
  • Availability to work around clients’ schedules

Manhattan Flameproofing meets all of these standards.

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