A Fire Proximity Suit, also known as a proximity firefighting suit or aluminized suit, is a specialized protective garment worn by firefighters and industrial workers who are exposed to extreme heat and flames. These suits are designed to provide insulation and protection against radiant heat, direct flames, and molten metal splashes.
Key features of a fire proximity suit typically include:
- Outer shell: Made of aluminized or flame-resistant fabric, which reflects heat away from the wearer and provides a barrier against flames and radiant heat.
- Insulation: Layers of insulating materials such as aramid fibers or other fire-resistant materials are often incorporated to provide thermal protection.
- Moisture barrier: Some suits include a moisture barrier to prevent steam and hot liquids from penetrating the suit, keeping the wearer dry and protected.
- Helmet and integrated hood: A protective helmet with a built-in hood is often included to protect the head and neck from heat and impact.
- Gloves and boots: Fire proximity suits usually come with heat-resistant gloves and boots to protect the hands and feet from burns and injuries.
Fire proximity suits are used in various industries where workers are exposed to high temperatures, such as firefighting, industrial furnace operations, foundries, and chemical plants. These suits are essential for ensuring the safety of workers operating in hazardous environments where the risk of burns and heat-related injuries is high.