User Information for Workrite Fire Service Clothing
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EMERGENCY SERVICES WORK APPAREL – NFPA 1975-2019
THIS GARMENT MEETS THE BASE REQUIREMENTS OF NFPA 1975-2019 EDITION.
THIS GARMENT MEETS THE OPTIONAL FLAME RESISTANCE REQUIREMENTS OF NFPA 1975-2019.
THIS USER’S GUIDE PROVIDES IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING THE USE, CARE, AND MAINTENANCE OF YOUR FLAME RESISTANT WORK CLOTHING.
Safety Considerations and Limitations of Use:
This garment, when certified only as flame-resistant work clothing, does not provide primary protection for any fire fighting activities. For all fire fighting activities, protective clothing and equipment appropriate for the type of fire fighting operation must be worn for limb/torso protection, and additional items of protective clothing and equipment will be needed for respiratory, head, hand, and foot protection. Failure to comply with this warning may result in serious injury or death.
Marking Recommendations & Restrictions:
Any additional labeling, emblems, trim or heraldry added to this garment by the distributor or end user should meet the requirements of NFPA 1975. Failure to comply with the NFPA standard will invalidate the VF Imagewear, Inc. warranty. Clothing may be marked with an individual’s name, department, etc. using an indelible laundry marker. Separate laundry labels should be attached for this purpose. DO NOT REMOVE AND DO NOT MARK on the safety or cleaning labels on any protective garments.
VF Imagewear, Inc. guarantees that all flame-resistant garments will be free from workplace defects resulting from normal wear within one year of purchase for garments laundered per our instructions. Color shifting or fading is excluded.
Inspection Frequency & Details:
We recommend that each department establish its own criteria for routine inspection and subsequent repair or retirement of the protective clothing.
Most performance properties of this garment cannot be tested by the user in the field.
Maintenance & Cleaning:
- Home Laundering Instructions
Machine wash garments in hot water. DO NOT USE CHLORINE BLEACH. Use common commercial detergent such as Tide. Wash flame resistant garments separately from flammable fabrics. Rinse thoroughly. Soap and detergent residues can burn. Tumble dry medium. Remove garment promptly. Do not line dry in sunlight.
- Service Life and Retiring Garments
The usable service life of your flame-resistant garment depends on the work environment, frequency of use, and proper maintenance and cleaning of the garments. Any garment showing signs of physical destruction or degradation of the fabric or seams should be repaired or discarded. Small tears to the fabric can be field repaired using compliant material and thread. Burn damage including char marks to the fabric can usually be field repaired with a self-material patch if the charred area is small enough.
For maximum fire protection, contaminates such as grease and oils should be thoroughly removed from the garments. If the contaminates cannot be removed, the garment should be retired. The garment should be removed from service after significant exposure to flame or heat.
- Recommended Storage Practices
DO NOT store protective clothing in direct light. The strength of flame-resistant fabrics can be degraded by exposure to light or florescent light and must be protected, either by storing in a shaded area or by covering with a dark cloth.
- Decontamination Procedures
This work clothing should be laundered regularly in accordance with the washing instructions on the care label attached to this garment. Due to the nature of work for which this garment is intended, it is not anticipated that sophisticated decontamination procedures would be required. If, however, specific chemical or biological contamination should occur, users should seek specialist advice regarding the decontamination procedures to follow.
WARNING: IF A WEARER FAILS TO READ AND UNDERSTAND ALL OF THE WARNINGS, TO PROPERLY WEAR THE GARMENT, TO PROPERLY CARE FOR THE GARMENT, AND TO PROPERLY MAINTAIN THE GARMENT, SERIOUS BODILY INJURY OR DEATH COULD OCCUR.