FR Clothing Designed to Keep You Safe from Sparks and Flames
FR or Flame Resistant clothing is made from fabric that is resistant to catching fire, not just treated to deter going ablaze, which means that FR workwear will maintain its flame resistant qualities over time and washes. Portwest FR clothing comes in many different fabric lines for specific applications and offer other protective benefits including waterproofing, anti-static and heat protection.
Flame Resistant workwear is commonly used in welding, foundries, manufacturing, automotive, oil & gas, chemical processing and electrical applications, however any job may require it as a safety item and it is becoming more common in more industries.
The best solution to fire is to be careful to avoid it whenever possible in unsafe environments. In fact, even when in a safe environment, fires are dangerous and should always be closely monitored. Flame resistant and flame-retardant clothing, are only meant to keep you safe and prevent injury until you can move to a safe location, it doesn’t mean that you can stand in a fire.
Portwest Flame Resistant FR Fabrics:
Bizflame is a proprietary flame resistant finish which, when applied to fabric, gives them excellent flame resistance. The carbon fiber yarns make the garments anti-static.
The garments in the Bizweld flame resistant range have been specifically designed to guarantee performance and safety while providing effective protection at all time.
Modaflame is an inherently permanent flame resistant fabric. This special blend combines 60% modacrylic fiber with 39% cotton and 1% carbon fiber. Modaflame is extremely comfortable, hard wearing and offers full anti-static protection.
Araflame is an inherently flame resistant, light-weight fabric constructed from an aramid blend. Araflame will not ignite, melt or shrink when exposed to heat.
Sealtex Flame is a flame and chemical resistant PU coated polyester fabric designed to be flexible, waterproof and lightweight.
Don:Hi folks, my name is Don Lyons. I'm the sales manager here for Albany County Fasteners.
Just wanted to grab a few minutes with you today to talk about something near and dear to my heart, which is of course, safety. One of the reasons why Portwest is near and dear to my heart: their products are superior in terms of FR, which is what we're gonna talk about today.
Some of the product that we sell, this FR related product, is from Portwest. Portwest is a great product line with great garments. Based out of Ireland, they manufacture all their own products and are held to the highest ratings. ANSI ratings also.
I just wanted to show you the balaclava here. This is an FR treated balaclava Arc 2 rated. The whole idea here is, and any electrician will tell you, FR products are not meant to save your life from fire. Anything arc related, it's meant for you to get the heck out of there within 3 seconds to save your life. That being said, you can look at a product like this... Flame Resistant. Wonderful. It'll save your life right?
Again it's not meant to prevent fire, it's meant for you to get out of Dodge as quickly as possible. That's the goal, that's the case to save your life. You know people get into FR related garments... It's changing the industry for a few different reasons. Number 1: OSHA's come in and is saying that it's mandated in most of your ports, anywhere, that you need class three FR rated products. That being said, they will not let you into a facility in most cases without that type of product.
To you safety H & S folks, purchasing, who live in this area of FR: Cat2 to CAT 4 with arc rated 8 Cal to 100 Cal and that includes your coveralls, jackets, and head protection. We carry it all. Just about anything that you need in terms of FR related garments, specific to your applications, please feel free to call me. Call us here at Albany County Fasteners and we will work with you to partner up and put a program together. So that when you need our product, it's always gonna be there for you. We can do kits. Whatever works best for you. It's pretty amazing nowadays how far the industry has come, and how knowledgeable we are nowadays.
When it gets into FR related product versus the applications that a lot of your electricians, a lot of these folks that work in these facilities, in these plants, you go back 20 or 30 years, I'll tell you what, there was really no rhyme or reason to even have FR related product. It did exist, but people were getting hurt. Nowadays, it's just great to see that we've embedded certain rules and regulations to make sure that people are safe, people are, you know, abiding by the rules.
Now there's great garments like this to protect people out there. It's the cost of losing personnel to incidents that, you know, drives up the cost of doing business nowadays. So if you're safety HMS and you're procurement, please make sure your folks are wearing the right gear for the right applications. And if you're looking for the FR, we have a huge, huge line of garments that can fit every application.
This is a true story: when I was first learning about FR garments I asked, I said: "You know what? Why aren't there any short sleeves?" Then I thought to myself, I'm like "short sleeves, burnt [forearms]...oh. Oh yeah, okay." You don't want any flesh hanging outside of the garment. You want to make sure it's long sleeve all the time. So the person buying that garment from me just started laughing and kind of said, "Oh, you you're pretty green at this." I said, "What makes you say that?" He said, "Well think about it Don, you know, why would you want to have a short sleeve FR garment?" So I just put my head between my legs and said, "okay, I get it." That's my funny story for the day. Sorry, and I'll leave it at that.
So if you're looking to purchase our FR gear, click on the link up in this area. Or just, you know, check on the description down here below and we should be good to go. Thanks for watching our video.
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