User Information Guide
Safety Pre-cautions: These garments are intended to provide limited protection in the event of exposure during a flash fire from the ignition of an atmosphere containing combustible particles or containing a concentration above the lower explosive limit of chemicals or substances. These garments will also provide limited protection in the event of an exposure to an electrical arc flash. All wearers should practice proper use consistent with NFPA 2113.
Warnings: These garments alone will not protect you from all hazards. You and your employer must conduct a hazard and risk assessment to determine the suitability of this garment for its intended purpose. Additional garments or P.P.E. may be necessary to provide you complete protection that includes, but not limited to head protection, eye/face protection, hand protection, foot protection, respirators, hearing protection, fall protection, high visibility apparel, and other protective garments. You must be trained in recognizing hazards in your specific trade and understand the limitations of use for the garments before wearing them. Even though the garment is constructed of flame resistant materials, this garment will not protect you from being burned under all conditions of use or exposure to hazards.
Limitations: These garments will not protect against any extended exposure to direct flame or high heat sources and is not intended for use in any firefighting or other emergency operations, including wild land firefighting, technical rescue, or structural firefighting. These garments will also not protect you from exposure to radiological agents, biological agents, or hazardous materials. Failure to understand the limitations of use may result in serious injury or death.
Maintenance: These garments will not protect you if not properly maintained. Do not use these garments if soiled, contaminated, or damaged. Soiling and contamination of these garments may render them hazardous. Clean garments in accordance with the instructions provided. If you have any doubt about the condition of this garment, do not wear it and have it replaced.
Sizing and Fit: Choose a garment size that properly fits your body. The garment should not be too tight or too loose, should not restrict your movement and should be comfortable to wear. The recommended body dimensions for are provided below.
Users shall secure all closures and make adjustments for proper fit if provided.
Marking recommendations and Restrictions: The use of non-flame or non-heat resistant emblems, shields or patches, embroidery, silkscreens, and heat transfers used to designate a governmental entity, a specific organization, rank, title, position, etc. should be minimized. The max area of coverage from an individual emblem or any of the above mentioned cannot exceed greater than 16in² or a total area from all combined emblems covering 40in². For marking these garments it is recommended that any indentifications be made on the interior of the garment. For hand written markings, an industrial laundry marker may be used. Users should not mark on or remove the safety/certifications on the labels.
Inspection and Repair: Users should inspect their garments upon receipt, before and after each use, once every month, and following any application where the garment has been subjected to damage or contamination. In the event of exposure to hazardous materials, isolate the garment and perform the inspection only after it has been decontaminated. Inspect all components for rips, tears, burn damage, and abrasion damage. Inspect the integrity of the thread and areas of wear at the shoulders, elbows, cuffs, crotch, and knees. Physically inspect all major seams for structural damage. If any component is found to be damaged or missing, remove the garment from service and have it repaired or replaced. In the event that a new garment is in need of repair, call toll free at 1-833-211-0606 to speak to a customer service representative to coordinate the return and repair of the item. Any unauthorized repairs made to Lewco Clothing's flame-resistant garments invalidates all expressed or implied warranties and increases your risk of injury to hazardous or life threatening conditions.
Storage: Proper storage is an important part of upholding the integrity of your garment. Store garments in a place that will protect them from exposure to direct sunlight and excessive moisture. Prolonged exposure to direct sunlight will decrease the tensile strength of the fabric and cause deterioration. Wet garments will cause the growth of mildew and fungus, which will permanently damage your garments.
Cleaning: Never use chlorine bleach, hydrogen peroxide, softeners or starch when cleaning your flame resistant garments.Use detergent only and keep water temperature at or below 105 degrees to avoid shrinkage. These garments are dry cleanable. When drying pick a low heat setting and promptly remove garments at the end of cycle. Excessive drying and exposure to the heat can cause premature shrinkage.
Retirement and Disposal: As with other garments, flame-resistant garments do not have an indefinite life cycle. It would be impossible to provide a specific time frame for garment replacement. Retirement considerations should include: Prolonged exposure to direct sunlight causing weak tensile strength and deterioration, garments that have been affected by improper care procedures, and garments that have been exposed to hazardous or caustic materials that cannot safely be decontaminated. Flame resistant garments that have been retired from service should be destroyed so that they are never able to be put back in service again. in the event the garments are being retired due to contamination, check with your local or state requirements on proper disposal methods.