What does ‘Flameproofing’ mean?

lameproofing is the process of soaking or coating decorative items (usually fabric or wood) with fire retardants so they’re non-combustible and no longer contribute to the spread of fire.

Is there a Distinction between Fireproofing and Flameproofing?

Often, these words are used synonymously, but that’s not really correct. Flameproofing describes the treatment of interior objects or materials in a building so that they no longer support combustion; fireproofing describes the treatment of the building structure during the construction phase so it’s not weakened during a fire.

What am I required to flameproofing?

As per the FDNY, items and materials used for artistic enhancement inside a building must receive flameproofing treatments. Such items would include (but are not limited to) curtains, drapes, carpets, fabrics, textiles, upholstery, decorations, hangings, scenery, wood, etc.

What business properties require flameproofing treatments?

Any location where the public gathers or structures that are considered public buildings must receive flameproofing treatments. This includes hotels, theaters, nightclubs, bars, catering halls, theaters, department stores, etc.

What Chemicals do you use when flameproofing?

New York City Flameproofing only uses flameproofing chemicals that are on the FDNY-approved list. The ones we use are non-toxic and water-based. Materials Data Sheets are available for all the chemicals we use, upon request.

where do you perform the flameproofing treatments?

We advise that flameproofing treatments take place right at the business location. This saves expenses and time involved if items were to be removed and then reinstalled after treatments. However, if a customer desires off-site treatments, we can accommodate that.

When do you Perform Flameproofing Treatments?

New York City Flameproofing is able to perform our treatments at any time of day or night. However, the process works the best and is the least interruptive if treatments are completed during off-hours, when the business is closed.

Why do i need to flameproof?

The FDNY, the Building Department, the Health Department (and your insurance carrier, by the way) all require businesses to have their locations treated with flame repellents before a Certificate of Occupancy can be issued and the property can be open for business. However, in addition to the legal requirements, flameproofing provides the best defense from the spread of fire should one occur and maximum protection from loss of life and property.

How do you perform flameproofing treatments?

Items and materials that need to be treated, such as upholstery, textiles, fabrics, wood, curtains, draperies, scenery, etc. are either coated with or soaked in flame repellent chemicals and later tested to ensure non-combustibility.

How do you Determine the cost of flameproofing?

When we determine a price, we factor in the types and number of materials/objects that need to be treated, the amount of fire retardant chemicals needed to perform the treatments, and the accessibility of the items that need treatment.

Who is able to do these kinds of treatments?

As per the FDNY, they will only recognize a treatment performed by a C-15 Certificate of Fitness Holder as valid. The Certificate of Fitness number and the approved fire retardant need to be listed on the affidavit; therefore, only a C-15 holder can perform a treatment that is recognized by the FDNY and will result in a valid affidavit.

How long is a flameproofing Affidavit good for?

As per FDNY regulations, the affidavit is good for 1 year from the date of the flameproofing treatments. However, if any object or material is washed or dry-cleaned, the affidavit is nullified, and flameproofing treatments will need to be repeated.

How fat can my flameproofing violation bo Resolved?

New York City Flameproofing can perform a flameproofing treatment and issue a valid flameproofing affidavit usually within a 24-hour period.

What should I look for when I choose a flameproofing company?

First, you want a flameproofing company that is a valid C-15 Certificate of Fitness holder. That is non-negotiable. Also, you want to make sure the company you choose is fully licensed and insured with both Worker's Compensation and liability. A reputable flameproofing outfit will only use fire retardants that are on the FDNY-approved list. And finally, a quality company should be flexible and accommodating – working at your convenience and willing to offer a satisfaction guarantee. New York City Flameproofing proudly meets all of these standards.