See the Fire, Feel the Heat: New Flash Fire Videos Available Now

Flame resistant clothing (FRC) is an essential form of protection for workers who may be exposed to a flash fire. Among others, flash fire hazards are present in oil and gas and chemical manufacturing settings, as well as manufacturing environments where combustible dust can accumulate. Because the rapidly-moving flame front quickly consumes the diffuse fuel, flash fires are very brief – typically three seconds or less in any single location where a worker may be standing. While safety protocols and procedures are in place to help prevent this type of hazard from occurring, one of the most important steps is to wear the proper personal protective equipment (PPE), including FRC, which works as your last line of defense in the event of an incident. 

If you’ve never witnessed a flash fire incident, it can be difficult to fully appreciate just how important it is to be fully protected by FRC on the job. To demonstrate the power of a flash fire, we have added 13 new videos to our Flash Fire Library.  These videos were captured at the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) testing facility and emphasize the importance of wearing the correct FRC and personal protective equipment (PPE) and wearing it properly.

Here’s a preview of some of the demonstrations you’ll see:

An aggressive flash fire can cause flammable clothing to continue burning even after the fire has been extinguished. Our video footage of this type of situation illustrates the severe burns a worker could suffer if exposed to a flash fire while wearing garments that are not flame resistant (non-FR).

Side-by-side footage of two manikins wearing 88/12 (88% cotton and 12% nylon) FRC demonstrates how even when one person takes the brunt of a flash fire explosion, both individuals are shielded from the intense heat and flames when wearing the proper protective clothing, which does not catch on fire, shrink, or break open.

Nomex coveralls and 88/12 ultrasoft coveralls are two popular types of NFPA 2112-compliant garments designed to protect against flash fire hazards. By sewing both coveralls together, a comparison can be made between them to demonstrate which one performs best.

In this video, we’ve attached a GoPro camera under the face shield of a manikin to show an additional first-person angle. In this footage, you get a feeling of what it’s like to be caught in a flash fire. Because the manikin is wearing an FR hoodie, you’ll also witness the FRC doing its job to protect you in a flash fire.

When wearing FR clothing, it is important to not wear a flammable vest or outer layer over the FR clothing. Even if the underlying FR clothing provides some protection, the flammable fabric of the vest or non-FR outer layer can still catch fire and cause severe burns. Watch the video footage of what can happen when you wear a flammable layer over FRC.

Visit Tyndale’s Flash Fire Library to watch all thirteen new videos and more. VISIT THE FLASH FIRE LIBRARY


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