All businesses need to have proper fire safety measures in place to keep their buildings and employees safe. Although many business owners understand that fire extinguishers and suppression systems are necessary, many don’t know that flame proofing is also required. Below, we’re going to discuss what flame proofing is, what you need to flame proof, and what happens if you neglect to do so.
What Is Flame Proofing?
Flame proofing is the process of applying a fire-retardant chemical to materials that could otherwise speed up the spread of a fire. The chemical solution can be applied to construction materials, decorations, window treatments, and more, and it will prevent a fire from spreading to the treated area for at least a short amount of time.
How Does It Differ From Fire Proofing?
Generally, the two terms refer to the same thing. Fire proofing and flame proofing both involve treating a normally combustible material with a fire-resistant chemical that will slow the spread of fire.
What Happens if You Don’t Flame Proof Your Business?
Neglecting to flame proof the required items and construction materials in your building can result in a fine from your local fire authority. The monetary assessment will need to be paid, and you’ll then need to pay for professional flame proofing and submit a Certificate of Fitness to prove that you have appropriately treated your property.
In addition to a monetary fine, neglecting to flame proof your business unnecessarily puts your property and employees’ lives at risk.
What Items Does the NFPA Require Flame Proofing For?
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) requires that all businesses get adequate flame proofing chemicals applied to drapes and window treatments, certain decorative items like plants, upholstered items, fabrics, and cardboard or greyboard. Construction materials like drywall, carpets, and wallpapers should be treated as well.
If you’re in doubt as to whether you have adequate flame proofing in your business or you want to get new flame-proofing chemicals sprayed to maintain safety, contact one of our friendly professionals today for more information or to schedule an appointment for service.