June 2020

Inside the June Issue



Guidance for Selecting
Fire Retardant Clothing

In search of flame-retardant or flame-resistant clothing?
Maybe you have been asked to wear protective clothing
at your new job. Whatever the case may be, you now
have a reason to be curious and ask—what exactly is
flame-retardant or flame-resistant clothing? There are a
lot of gradations and needs when it comes to protective

Today, various industries like automotive, production,
and manufacturing are giving significant importance for the
use of protective clothing on their job sites. Due to growing
demand from these sectors, various companies are coming
up with novel designs for flame-resistant as well as flame retardant protective wear. Let’s first have a walk through
the basic meanings of flame-retardant and flame-resistant

What is flame-resistant clothing?
This clothing is designed using inherently nonflammable
materials. These materials have a chemical structure that is
naturally resistant to fire. Clothing made out of this material
can catch fire, but they will either self-extinguish or burn
at an extremely slow speed. This means that the fibers and
threads of this material will naturally self-extinguish.

These clothing are developed with an aim to safeguard the person wearing it from injuries that are caused due to flames.
These clothing items do catch fire easily, and even when they
do, they can self-extinguish.

What is flame-retardant clothing?
This type of clothing is designed using flame retardants,
which are chemicals or materials used for smothering fire propagations. These type of clothing are mainly made for stopping or decreasing the speed of spread of fire.

The difference between flame-resistant
and flame-retardant clothing

Flame resistant clothing are developed using materials that
have flame resistance embedded into their chemical structure.
Whereas, flame retardant clothing are chemically treated to selfburn or self-extinguish when exposed to fire. And, while both of these are equally safe to use, the only difference in these protective clothing is the material that is used. Both are designed to self-extinguish and lessen the probability and sternness of injuries. Any of these protective wear can sufficiently defend you from threats and injuries related to fire.

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