What is Arc Flash?

Flash ClothingWhile there are many hazards in the workplace, none is more dangerous than Arc Flash. More than 2,000 workers across the country are injured by arc flash every year and have to be treated for severe burns. Injuries caused by the flash can last for months to a lifetime. With the proper flash protection, including flame resistant work gloves, pants, jackets, overalls, arc flash suits and other arc flash clothing, you will protect yourself from severe burns when working around electrical currents.

What is Arc Flash?
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), defines it as being an electrical current that passes through air when insulation or isolation between electrified conductors is no longer sufficient to withstand the applied voltage, leading to an electrical explosion that can reach temperatures of up to 35,000°F.

What causes an Arc Flash to occur?
Most flash arc is caused by a tool or other element could compromise the distance between two energized components.

The NFPA 70E-2004, Standard for Electrical Safety Requirements for Employee workplace, requires employers to provide their workers the the appropriate flash protection Personal Protection Equipment (PPE).

Arc clothing has flame resistant properties that protect you from getting burned if exposed to an arc flash. Made from non-conductive materials, such as Modacrylic or Nomex that won’t ignite when exposed to a flame. Hi visibility arc flash safety vests give you added ANSI certified high vis protection.

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