Flame Resistant Clothing

Flame Resistant Clothing

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Flame resistant clothing prevents the fabric from burning once the origin of ignition, either a flame or an electric arc, is removed. Basically, the fabric self-extinguishes and the secondary source of potential harm, your clothes burning against your skin, is suppressed.

Flame-Resistant clothing is derived from materials that are naturally resistant to flames and embers. This means that the threads and fibers will naturally self-extinguish. Flame-Retardant clothing however is made from materials that have been chemically treated to achieve the same self-extinguishing properties.

What does FR stand for?
FR stands for Flame Resistant and refers to the ability of a material to self-extinguish upon the stoppage of an ignition source. 100% cotton FR clothing can last approximately 12 to 16 months while FR 88/12 Cotton-Nylon Blends can last approximately 18 to 30 months and FR Synthetic Blends can last anywhere from approximately 24-1/2 to 48 months. Flame resistant clothing should provide a good functional fit for protection and comfort. Sleeve cuffs should be fully rolled down and secured. Protective clothing selection must be based on the probable worst-case scenario.

How does FR clothing work?

Flame Resistant clothing is made using fabrics and special components that will not melt onto the skin and are non-conductive to assure they do not contribute to an increase in the extent of a burn injury. FR clothing provides thermal insulation to protect from heat and resists breaking open, which would expose skin to hazards.

Flame resistant work apparel naturally costs more than regular work apparel. The reason FR clothing is more expensive is because industrial workers in the oil and gas, electrical, combustible dust fields, and other sectors, must have additional protection that only FR clothing can provide.

What does FR clothing protect against?

FR clothing protects workers from flash fires, flames, combustible dust and embers.

What does FR clothing consist of?

FR Coveralls provide critical protection from top to bottom, with materials that resist burning or melting and have APTV ratings from 8.6 to 12.

FR shirts

FR Shirts and Henley's are a necessity for many workers in the railroad, paint, pharmaceuticals, combustible dust, petrochemical, construction, electrical, and utility industries. Various protection levels range from APTV 6.6 up to 9.5.

FR Pants are made of materials ranging in APTV from 10-21 and are available in numerous styles and colors. FR pants and jeans are designed to protect against potential burns and use specialized Flame Resistant fabrics.

Flame resistant lab coats are made of light weight cotton with a 2 piece collar and hidden grippers.

FR Face Masks include Balaclava with convertible face mask.

How do I maintain my FR clothing?

It is best to wash FR clothing separately, in water no warmer than 120 degrees, with a mild detergent. Do not use soap or spray on cleaners. Tumble dry on a low heat setting and hang items quickly to avoid wrinkles. Do not spray flame resistant garments with spray starch, or insect repellents, especially those containing DEET.

Direct Textile Store offers a wide range of FR clothing available at bulk, wholesale prices. After reviewing the products on our website if you have questions please call our friendly phone staff Monday-Friday 8:30am -5:00pm EST 800-615-5822 or send us an email [email protected] or use our website chat.

Direct Textile Store ships to all US states, including Alaska and Hawaii, US Territories, Canada, Puerto Rico, St. Thomas, and St. Croix.

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