The Smoking Protector is worn 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 to be under constant observation while smoking.
Two Sizes Available
- Smoking Protector – Standard is 81cm / 32″ (L) x 52cm / 20.5″ (W) and does not cover the arms of the chair.
- Smoking Protector 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.
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Reference: Test Certificate No Z 3519/08-4658/08 for EN ISO 11611:2007-10, class 2.
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.
* Source: http://www.physlink.com/Education/AskExperts/ae1.cfm
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- 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.