Are FoxFury Helmet Lights Fireproof vs. Fire Resistant?
We get asked questions about the fire rating of our fire lights all the time. Here are some of those questions and the answers to them:
Are FoxFury lights fire proof?
Nope. At a certain temperature, anything will burn.
Are FoxFury lights fire resistant?
Yes. The NFPA (National Fire Protection Agency) has a minimum standard (it's not an approval) that lights need to adhere to be considered fire resistant. FoxFury lights meet the NFPA 1971-2007 fire resistant requirements, which means that FoxFury fire resistant lights can survive 30 minutes at a temperature of 500 degrees F (260° Celsius).
Why did my light melt?
FoxFury lights (just like firefighter helmets, faceshields and other gear) are made out of fire resistant materials but there is a melting point. Some firefighter gear burns at temperatures around 300°F. Others burn at temperatures closer to 800°F. Since our lights are tested to 500°F for 30 minutes, a melted FoxFury lights means that the light was exposed to 500°F for over 30 minutes or that the temperature exceeded 500°F.
As a general rule of thumb, if your firefighter helmet or faceshield starts to deform due to high heat, odds are other equipment (including our lights) will soon follow suit.