Which Industrial Curtains are Flame Retardant
Akon sells a variety of materials. Most industrial curtains are FR rated (Fire Retardant) with the most common rating being the NFPA 701 Certification. If your quote does not call out Fire Retardant then please ask your sales representative to confirm.
Flame Resistance Vs Flame Retardant
The biggest difference between flame resistant and flame retardant fabrics lies in how each is made. Without a special chemical application, a fabric will not qualify as flame retardant. Similarly, without being made of certain nonflammable fibers, a fabric will not quality as fire resistant.
Fire resistant material is generally used in commercial applications where a curtain is functioning as a fire blocking and smoke blocking barrier which is lower down in the event of a fire. They are also used for extreme heat applications such as welding, blast furnaces, coke ovens and other high temperature areas. See AKON Heat Curtains for this material.
Are the curtains UL rated?
UL stands for Underwriters Laboratories. AKON does not offer any UL rated curtains. Those types of curtains are usually only required as a Fire Wall Curtain which means the curtains primary use is to block a fire for up to an hour.
What are Approved Hot Work Curtains?
Hot work fabrics have been tested and rated to the ANSI/FM 4950 Standard that now is required by the NFPA 51B 2014 Standard. The rating system makes it easy to determine which of the three levels of fire protection – welding curtains, welding blankets, or welding pads – is needed for a specific hot work operation.
What Material is a Hot Work Curtain?
There are several different materials but the most common hot work curtains are the CDH-2000 or the CDH-7000. Below are two materials that will work good for hot work curtains. For Welding Blankets use any material we currently sell as they are all hot work approved.