by , on October 10, 2012

A large retailer is marketing a safety vest as being “fire retardant” according to NFPA 701 Treated Fabric standards.

NFPA 701 is a curtain standard, NOT a clothing standard!   Indicating that clothing is FR via NFPA 701 violates the ANSI 107 prohibition of calling something FR if it does not meet a proper standard.

NFPA’s description of the NFPA 701: Standard Methods of Fire Tests for Flame Propagation of Textiles and Films, 2010 Edition:  “The test methods included apply to textile materials used extensively in interior furnishing for public occupancy buildings including curtains, window shades, draperies, table linens, textile wall hangings, as well as to fabrics used in the assembly of awnings, tents, tarps and other similar architectural fabric structures and banners.”

Take a look at the sales site for the falsely-advertised safety vest.

Hugh Hoagland
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Hugh Hoagland is the foremost tester of clothing and PPE exposed to electrical arcs and is an arc flash expert. Read more about Hugh.

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