You’ve heard the saying, “you get what you pay for,” right? Well, FR clothing is no exception. In fact, buying cheap AR / FR clothing can have the worst consequence of all – it can be deadly. In this post – and in our video featuring Scott Margolin, Tyndale’s VP of Technical – we explore the drawbacks of paying significantly less for your “FR” clothing, and what you can do to ensure you’re getting the protective clothing you need.
This topic is particularly important during these uncertain times amid the COVID-19 pandemic, when people may be desperate to receive the AR / FR clothing they need to be protected at a low cost. Bottom line, if the price seems too good to be true, it probably is. Only buy AR / FR clothing from suppliers you trust, even if they come with a higher price tag.
Watch the video by clicking on the preview to the left.
As you may have gathered from the video, there are two important things to keep in mind when purchasing FR clothing, either for yourself or for your employees:
It might be tempting to purchase a “FR” garment that’s well under the price you typically see in the market but don’t fall for it!
Counterfeit FR clothing can be hard to spot. As Scott explained in the video, vendors aren’t just claiming certification that they didn’t earn, they’re faking the label and adding a “FR” logo. One good way to spot counterfeit FR clothing is the price. If it seems too good to be true – like the $4.00 shirt highlighted in the video – it probably is. As shown, the $4.00 garment was a flammable, cotton, non-FR t-shirt which, when exposed to an arc flash, immediately ignites and continues to burn. This would be catastrophic in real life. The low upfront cost is not worth the danger you or your workers face by wearing counterfeit clothing.
Simply knowing that counterfeit FR clothing is out there and that it’s usually offered at a very low price is crucial knowledge. Don’t be baited by those who put their profits ahead of your safety.
So, now that you know counterfeit FR clothing exists and it’s harmful, how can you be sure you’re getting the clothing you need to stay safe and protected on the job? One of the best ways is by working with a supplier you trust.
Look for a supplier who stands behind all of the products they sell, has experience, and is a known expert in the industry. If you know your supplier takes safety seriously – like Tyndale –you’ll enjoy peace of mind that you’re getting the highest quality AR / FR clothing available and that it meets all industry safety standards and regulations. It may come with a higher price tag, but the benefits are lifesaving.
Interested in learning more about Tyndale’s Managed FR Clothing Program? Contact us today!