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Learn More About Fire Resistant Fabric Materials

Learn More About Fire Resistant Fabric Materials

Aug 18, 2020

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Normal work garments will ignite and continue to burn if exposed to an ignition source such as flame or electric arc. Everyday fabrics will continue to burn until they are extinguished or all flammable material is consumed.

 

For a material to be considered fire resistant it must extinguish the flame itself once the ignition source is left. This is simply if a person is engulfed in flames wearing fire retardant clothing, they will not have to roll around to put the fire out. Once they leave the vicinity in which flames are present, the clothing will no longer be on fire.

 

Flame resistant fabrics and garments are intended to resist ignition, prevent the spread of flames away from the immediate area of high heat impingement, and to self-extinguish almost immediately upon removal of the ignition source.

 

There are four types flame retardant clothing materials you should know.


Inherently FR Fibers  Inherently flame resistant fibers are defined as having flame-resistance as an essential characteristic of fiber, such as modacrylic.

Treated Fabrics  Treated fabrics are treated with a flame retardant chemical to make them flame resistant. The fibers used in these fabrics, such as cotton, are not normally considered protective and become flame resistant because of the treatment.

Treated fibers  Fabrics made from treated synthetic fibers, which are extruded with a flame retardant chemical in the fiber-forming process, become flame resistant for the life of the garment because the flame retardant cannot be removed by wear of laundering.

Blends  Some fabrics are blends of treated and inherently FR fibers.

 

After knowing these, you can have a choice for you and your employee to select the work garments. At the meanwhile, I think the how long time you decide to wear the suit is also the significant reason for you to decide the garment’s price.