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COBRA™ : Usage
Have a Look Under the Hood
Look under a COBRA™ hood, and you ’ll find someone who appreciates head protection. You can learn a lot about that person based on the type of COBRA hood they wear. Flame resistant hoods and balaclavas are recommended for different job functions. Always verify the safety standards applicable to your industry or job function before choosing your Cobra hood and balaclava.
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Today, Cobra hoods are specified by thousands of end-user companies in many industries around the world.  With hundreds of thousands of hoods in service worldwide, Cobra hoods are the premier brand of flame resistant hoods in the market place. Industrial users include electrical maintenance; electric and gas utilities; oil, gas and petro chemical refineries; ferrous and non ferrous steel mills and foundries; welders; structural and wildland firefighters; and military/tactical personnel.



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Structural Firefighting

Over thirty years ago PGI pioneered the first firefighting hoods. Back then only a few fire departments used hoods as part of their protective ensemble. Today fire fighting hoods are an important part of the fire fighters PPE ensemble. PGI continues to be the industry leader bringing more protective and comfortable designs and fabrics to the market. UL Classified to meet or exceed the design and performance requirements of NFPA 1971 Standard on  Protective Ensembles for  Structural Fire Fighting and Proximity Fire Fighting.

COBRA Classic, Ultimate and Elite hoods are all UL Classified and Compliant to NFPA 1971: standard on protective ensembles for structural fire fighting and proximity fire fighting  - Current Edition. These UL classified hoods are recommended for structural fire fighting and other fire fighting applications. When properly worn, no part of the firefighter's skin is exposed or unprotected.

Some of the Classic, Ultimate, and Elite style hoods are also compliant with NFPA 70E: standard for electrical safety in the workplace® - Current Edition  and meet performance specifications of ASTM-1506. If the hood is rated for arc protection, it will carry a Hazard Risk Category (HRC) rating from 1-4. This rating will be listed in the hood's description.


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Arc Protection

The temperature of an electric arc flash can reach 35,000°F. Exposure to these extreme temperatures both burns the skin directly and causes ignition of clothing, which adds to the burn injury. Each year more than 2,000 people are admitted to burn centers with severe arc-flash burns. The latest edition of the NFPA 70E (Standard for Electrical Safety Requirements for Employee Workplaces) states, “employees shall wear FR clothing wherever there is a possible exposure to an electric arc flash.” This requires employees working on or near energized parts and equipment to wear flame resistant clothing that meets the requirements of ASTM F 1506 and is appropriate to the potential energy of the hazard. PGI manufactures a complete line of flame resistant hoods that meet or exceed NFPA 70E and the performance specifications of ASTM F 1506. Every PGI arc flash hood has a permanently sewn in label with an Arc Thermal Protective Value (ATPV) Arc Rating and Hazard Risk Category (HRC) Rating permanently printed on the label allowing you to select the level of arc flash protection you need for your specific use.

Arc flash injuries can result in severe skin burns. Since arc incidents may occur when performing routine maintenance, emergency responders and firefighters must understand the safe approach distances to exposed electrical conductors and understand the value of wearing arc PPE.

In temperatures related to arc flash incidents, even FR clothing can break open due to the extreme energy. For arc flash protection, you need clothing that is compliant with NFPA 70E - Current Edition and that meets performance specifications of ASTM-F1506.


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Tactical and military personnel face a diverse array of hazards. PGI’s Tactical hood series incorporates fabrics which provide superior protection from flame and chemicals. Hoods have excellent moisture management – wicking moisture away from the skin keeping you drier and more comfortable reducing heat stress and improving endurance and stamina so you can perform at your best.