Smoking Protector

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SKU: 228-VARIOUS Categories: ,

AUD $112.00AUD $183.00 excl GST

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The Smoking Protector is designed to help prevent burns if a Patient drops a cigarette while smoking.

Standard or Wide Widths

Item 228 – Standard size is 81cm / 32″ (L) x 52cm / 20.5″ (W) and does not cover the arms of the chair.

Item 228S – with Side Flaps is 81cm / 32″ (L) x 98cm / 38.5″ (W) which is about 46cm / 18″ wider than the Standard, to fold over the arms of a chair. This helps prevent a cigarette falling between the seat and the arm of the chair, or next to the Patient’s leg.

To Use

Wear the Smoking Protector like an apron. Fasten the strap behind the neck, then tie the side tape around the Patient’s back. Tie with a bow that will be easy to undo.

The Patient will still need constant observation. Make sure that a cigarette is not dropped on the floor. Also make sure the Patient does not drop it beside their hip while sitting. Even if the cigarette does fall onto the Protector, it could roll off, down next to the legs and the side of the chair.

If a cigarette does remain on the Patient’s lap, the temperature may be 400°C/725°F on the side and 580°C/1076°F in the middle of the burning cigarette*. This may heat up any clothing the Patient is wearing under the Smoking Protector. Nicotine or scorch marks may appear if the burning cigarette is not quickly removed within a few seconds.

The Material

A variety of garments use this Flame Retardant material from the USA in high risk industries. These include shirts, pants, coveralls, jackets, bib overalls, arc flash suits for maintenance & electrical workers and for workers in electric utilities, oil, gas, petrochemical, chemical and ferrous metal industries.

Reference: Test Certificate No Z 3519/08-4658/08 for EN ISO 11611:2007-10, class 2.

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Item # 228 – Standard size is 81cm / 32″ (L) x 52cm /20.5″ (W)

Item # 228S with Side Flaps is 81cm / 32″ (L) x 98cm / 38.5″ (W)

Registered Design IP Right Numbers 201612176, 201612177

Cleaning – Fire Retardant Material: Wash all Fire-Retardant Material products as instructed below before first use. Cold or warm machine wash up to 75°C. Air or tumble dry on a cool setting, ensuring the drum is cool. Ensure the product is dry before using or storing.

All Proban® treated fabrics are tested to meet Standard EN 531:1995 (50 washes at 75°C) and are certified by Rhodia Consumer Specialties Limited who manufacture the Proban chemical, to maintain their flame retardant qualities for 50 washes, as long as the correct laundering procedures are followed. Independent tests of Proban-treated garments have passed the flammability test after 100 to 150 washes.

Further information is available from the Proban® website:

Some important considerations when laundering Fire Retardant fabric:

  • Proban fabrics are thoroughly tested for flame retardant performance and durability to washing however, if the material is not laundered correctly it can fail flammability tests after a few washes.
  • Proban treated articles may be washed in any conventional washing machine using a cold or warm wash, up to  75°C. Use the non-colour fast machine setting.
  • Regular washing will help prevent soiling build up. A pre-soak of up to two hours may help for heavily soiled items.
  • Use synthetic detergents only (e.g. Cold Power, Drive, Spree, Dynamo, FAB, Biozet, Radiant, Castle, OMO, Surf, etc.).
  • Do not wash Proban garments in traditional soap powders as these types of soaps (Lux, Advance, Velvet, etc.) can form flammable deposits that may affect the fabric’s flame retardant qualities.
  • Never use hypochlorite based bleaches (e.g. White King, Domestos, and other supermarket blends) as they will attack the Proban finish and can reduce its flame retardant properties.
  • Garments can be tumble dried, however to avoid shrinkage, take care not to over-dry.

The following information is taken from Proban’s website

Proban fabrics have been widely adapted by The U.K. National Health Service, Private Nursing Homes, and Network rail. All Proban fabrics meet the requirements:

  • Proban fabrics meet the performance requirements of BS 7175: 1989 Section 3.
  • Prior to testing, all Proban fabrics are washed 200 times in accordance with BS 5651 Hospital Laundry Procedure Normal.


Comfortable and lightweight Proban fabrics do not cause skin sensitisation and/or irritation on the wearer’s skin. Proban fabrics are ideal for manufacture of flame retardant sleepwear for retail and contract markets. Key features of the Proban fabrics include:

  • High level of stability.
  • Does not hydrolyse on long term storage.
  • Durability after 50 washes.


Do not rely on the Smoking Protector to prevent fires. Smoking should only be allowed outdoors. Always keep smoking patients under close observation in case they drop the cigarette.

Do not restrain patients while they are smoking. If they do drop a cigarette between their hip and the side of the chair, it may be necessary to quickly stand them up to retrieve the cigarette.

If the burning tip of a cigarette is held against the Smoking Protector it will burn a hole in the material. We have had reports of some patients deliberately doing this, just to see if the Protectors will catch fire. The Protectors did not catch fire, but there is a possibility of setting fire to the clothes worn under the Protector. We repeat our warning that patients must be supervised when smoking.