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Questions to Ask of Your FR Fabric

Feb. 27, 2023

It's important to know not to treat flame resistant fabric the same way as articles you wear during a normal day.  

Handling FR clothing completely separate from your normal laundry is critical. Giving special attention during the cleaning process is also something to be aware of.

To be better prepared, here are some simple questions to ask when looking for the right FR clothing:

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How has this FR clothing been tested?

Because of the value FR garments have enhancing safety, they aren't sold to you without passing rigorous testing.

The best way to get information on the testing of FR Fabric is from the National Fire Protection Association standard 2112, also known as NFPA 2112.  Our article provides a quick overview of:

ㆍMain points the standard addresses

ㆍPopular products that are NFPA 2112 certified

ㆍIndustries that need certified clothing

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On testing, this document is second to none.  Go to the NFPA 2112 standard on the National Fire Protection Association site.  This resource goes deeper into test methods that review measuring the total predicted body burn, the duration of typical flash fires and the length of after flame a garment can have. Passing these tests means a garment is on it's way to being flame resistant.

If you're interested in knowing how labs test FR clothing, this resource is perfect.

How should FR clothing be treated?

Earlier we mentioned how FR clothing should be cleaned independently of other articles of clothing.  This is done to ensure that the flame resistant properties of your FR clothing aren't compromised.

How should you treat them so they'll last as long as possible?  Are there resources available for reference so you can properly care for your FR clothing? Let's look further into how to treat your FR clothing.

When treating FR clothing, be it new or used FR clothing, there are key practices to adhere to, such as:

ㆍDo not use chlorine bleach or liquid non-chlorine bleach

ㆍDo not use starch or fabric softeners

ㆍUse stain removal products like Shout and others to remove soils and other contaminants before washing


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