The Cooler Heads Flame Shield Model FX1 is head and face protection from flash fires. In its...
The Cooler Heads Flame Shield Model FX1 is head and face protection from flash fires. In its passive state, the unit is worn over the shoulders, much like a pair of shoulder pads in football or hockey, but without the added bulk. The FX1 is secured with easy-to-attach and remove clips, just beneath the worker’s arms, and is a natural extension to the FR coverall, says the manufacturer, which is based in Victoria. The Flame Shield FX1 is designed to be worn over standard flame resistant clothing, and can be worn in all weather conditions. The shield is designed to be comfortable, flexible, non-restrictive and easy to put on and take off. The product deploys after detecting a rise in temperature, indicating the presence of a flash fire. At 100 C, the sensors are activated and immediately trigger a release of compressed gas which initiates a rapid expansion of the shield. The average duration of a flash fire episode is three seconds. Once the danger has passed, the wearer pulls down or tears away the protective shield. The most important factor is that the wearer’s head and face are protected from the flash fire incident and they won’t be subjected to scarring or disfiguring burns.