Canopy Tent Certifications - What you need to know?
We're the experts and here to help you navigate the wonderful world of pop up canopy tents and make sure you can focus on showcasing whatever it is you do best. We don't want you stressing about a fire marshal asking you to take yours down because you purchased a tent from someone who wasn't certified.
We hope the questions below help give you a better understanding of what is required to display a canopy tent, why these standards are important, and how they are measured.
What is CPAI-84?CPAI-84 is a fire safety standard set by Industrial Fabrics Association International to ensure that portable tents and their parts are safe. CPAI-84 is a testing method used specifically for confirming the flame resistance of fabric used in manufacturing tents. LookOurWay's specific certification applies to "small tents" which are defined as covering 9 people or less.
What is measured in the CPAI-84 tests?
- Flame Retardant - materials designed to resist fire.
- Flame Resistant - materials that self extinguish when they catch on fire.
- After Flame - how long a material continues to burn after being removed from a direct flame.
- Char Length - the vertical length char measurement of a piece of fabric after being ignited
- Residual Flame - the material burnt off of the fabric and continues to burn on its own
What is NFPA-701?NFPA-701 is a national flame standard defined by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) that requires tent materials used in public spaces be fire retardant. The test results evaluate how flames react under various conditions, thus meeting an important safety standard for use in public spaces and events.
The NFPA gives freedom to states and other local governments to create their own enforceable guidelines and standards. Most states operate using the NFPA test
framework; however, California developed the CPAI-84 which takes the testing a step further, analyzing how the fabric reacts to the wrap and the fill direction.
NFPA 701: Standard Methods of Fire Tests for Flame Propagation of Textiles and Films. This test measures the flammability of a fabric when it is exposed to specific sources of ignition. NFPA 701 (Small Scale) testing measures the ignition resistance of a fabric after it is exposed to a flame for 12 seconds. The flame, char length, and flaming residue are recorded. The fabric will pass the test if all samples meet the following criteria: