Wall Pad Fire Safety

Posted by Jordan Farley

Mar 8, 2016 3:54:26 PM


There is a lot that goes into choosing the equipment that is right for your gym. There are many variables such as color, size, price and meeting code specifications. Yes, meeting code specificaitons is very important and is the easiest and most over looked variable. We Know there aren't many people who enjoy looking at code specs or enjoy doing research to find out what the code is in their state, but it is important. 

Not all codes are created equal and just because a manufacturer tells you they meet a certain code doesn't mean that you are in compliance with state or local regulations. Other codes such as ASTM E-84 fail to test the materials in the same manner as NFPA 101 Life Safety Code or International Building Code, which are the two most common codes adopted by states. The NFPA 101 Life Safety Code and International Building Code both pass test put forth by NFPA 286. As stated by our wall pad manufacturer Porter Athletics, even if your local jurisdiction doesn't enforce the strict NFPA 101 or International Building Code you may still be held liable by the state to meet their restrictions.

The solution to all these issues is to make sure your manufacturer meets the strict NFPA 101 Life Safety Code or International Building Code.  To make sure you are covered, contact your manufacturer to see if they can provide a certificate that passes the NFPA 286 test.

Below is a copy of Porter Athletic's wall pad code compliance document that takes an in-depth look at all codes and how each are tested.


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Topics: Porter Athletics, NFPA Code, wall pad safety, wall pads, NFPA 101 Life Safety Code

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