ADM-I Training: How to Perform a Flame Test NFPA 705

How to do a flame test on your inflatable

So, you’re considering getting your inflatables TSSA certified. Before diving into the costly process, there’s a critical step you shouldn’t overlook: the Flame Test. It’s not just a box to tick; it’s a fundamental safety measure that can save you time, money, and potentially prevent disasters down the line.

Why is the Flame Test so crucial? Well, for starters, TSSA (Technical Standards and Safety Authority) certification ensures that your inflatable structures meet stringent safety standards. And one of the key criteria for this certification is passing the NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) 705 Flame Test.

Before you start shelling out cash for certification, here’s what you need to know about the Flame Test and why it should be your first step:

Understanding the Flame Test Requirements:

To conduct the Flame Test, you’ll need to prepare a sample from your inflatable. Here are the essential requirements:

  1. Sample Preparation: Cut out a piece of vinyl directly from your inflatable. Aim for a minimum size of 1/2 inch by 4 inches. If possible, cut the sample near the zipper of the inflatable.

  2. Dry Sample: Ensure that the sample is dry before conducting the test. Moisture can affect the results and accuracy of the test.

  3. Minimum Size: The sample must meet the minimum size requirement of 1/2 inch by 4 inches to yield accurate results.

  4. Flame Source: Use a common wood stove match or an equivalent flame source with similar properties for consistency in testing.

Importance of the Flame Test:

  • Safety Assurance: The Flame Test evaluates the fire resistance of materials used in inflatables. Passing this test confirms that your inflatables meet safety standards, reducing the risk of fire-related incidents during use.

  • Regulatory Compliance: TSSA certification requires adherence to NFPA standards, including the successful completion of the Flame Test. Without certification, you may face legal and regulatory hurdles that could hinder your business operations.

  • Cost-Efficiency: Conducting the Flame Test upfront can save you money in the long run. Identifying potential issues early allows you to address them before investing in the certification process, preventing costly rejections and retests.

Watch the TSSA Video Guide:

For a visual walkthrough of the Flame Test process, check out the video provided by TSSA. Recorded in 2024, this video offers valuable insights and practical tips for performing the test accurately.


Before embarking on the journey to TSSA certification for your inflatables, ensure you prioritize the Flame Test. By adhering to the test requirements and confirming your inflatable’s fire resistance, you’re not only safeguarding your business but also prioritizing the safety of your customers. Remember, safety first, certification second.

Don’t let the Flame Test be an afterthought; make it your first step towards TSSA certification success.