Frequently Asked Questions About Flameproofing
- What is flameproofing?
- Is there a difference between flameproofing and fireproofing?
- What needs to be flameproofed?
- What type of fire retardant/flame retardant can be used?
- Where is flameproofing done?
- When is flameproofing done?
- Why should flameproofing be done?
- How is flameproofing done?
- How much does flameproofing cost?
- Who can certify the flameproofing process?
- What is the length of time a flameproofing affidavit is good for?
- How soon can a flameproofing violation be cleared up?
- What is the best way a business owner should choose a flameproofing company?
It is the process of treating materials so that they will not support combustion.
These words are often interchanged. However, the FDNY uses flameproofing in its correspondence.
The FDNY, the Building Department and the Health Department enforce regulations that require all decorations, drapes and curtains, scenery and other materials used for artistic enhancement inside public buildings to be either non-combustible or flameproofed. These fire retardant regulations apply to all public buildings including Hotels, Theatres, Public Halls, Restaurants, Nightclubs/Bars, Department Stores and buildings used for public assembly, entertainment or instruction.
The FDNY mandates that Certificate of Fitness Holders use only FDNY approved fire retardants.
On site flameproofing is often the best procedure because it limits the expense and time of having to remove and reinstall the materials. However, off site flameproofing is available and is offered at no extra charge.
Flameproofing can be done at any time. However, it is preferable to apply the fire retardant when there is limited customer traffic.
Flameproofing is mandated by the FDNY, the Building Department, Health Department and Insurance Carriers. However, the most important reason is to reduce the threat to life and property in case of fire and to prevent the spread of fire if one occurs.
The application of fire retardant is done by either coating or soaking the material.
The cost of flameproofing depends on the amount and type of material, the fire retardant required, and the accessibility of the material.
Only a Certificate of Fitness Holder for Flameproofing can certify the flameproofing process. Only their flameproofing affidavit stating both their Flameproofing Certificate of Fitness number and the approved fire retardant used will suffice in meeting the standards set forth.
According to FDNY regulations, an affidavit is good for one year from the date of application. However, the washing or dry-cleaning of the materials will void the certification.
NYC Flameproofing is able to apply fire retardant and issue a flameproofing affidavit within 24 hours of initial contact.
First and foremost, the flameproofing company must hold a Certificate of Fitness for Flameproofing from the FDNY. A company should be fully insured with both liability insurance and Workmen’s Compensation coverage. The company should use only FDNY mandated fire retardants. The flameproofing company should be willing to guarantee their work and be willing to work according to your schedule, not theirs. NYC Flameproofing meets all these criteria.
Call NYC Flameproofing today at 800-590-5530 for a free estimate of flameproofing services for your establishment.