FR Clothing is quite popular among workers stationed at hazardous locations. But there is much confusion about what to do with such garments. Here we present to you a proper guide which will help you to understand each and every aspect of FR apparels.

Importance and Use:

The basic use of FR clothing are found in jobs like flame brigades, construction sites, flammable and high electrical areas, etc. While some garments are manufactured especially for women, others keep it gender-neutral.

The one thing you’ll have to understand is that the resisting power of the dress will change or be selected according to your work area. The FR garment in time of need will not melt into your skin; rather it’ll buy you some time so that you can get rid of it as soon as possible. They are basically designed to resist ignition.

Difference between Flame Resistant and Flame Retardant:

One of the major things to be educated about is whether flame retardant and flame resistant are the same thing. Flame retardant garments are those who are treated with the property of self-extinguishing whereas Flame Resistant garments are those who do not easily ignite and even if they do burn extremely slow so that the user has the time to escape unharmed.

How to select FR garments:

The most vital criteria while buying an FR garment is to see whether it is following the OSHA guidelines, an internationally acclaimed body, quote-unquote. Also, make sure your garments are certified by some globally renowned organization. These schools ensure your safety and security in your workplaces. Thirdly, always pick up your stuff from some proper well-known brand. Last but not least, never make the terrible mistake of opting for a second-hand garment.

The Cleaning guidelines to be followed:

The only major thing to be kept in mind is that never wash your FR apparels with bleach, chemical detergent, fabric softeners, etc. rather use the normal day to day detergent. Next is never wash your FR dress with others also while washing all turn out the cloth to avoid abrasion and thus loss of the property.

Flame Resistant Clothing

Avoid leaving the cloth in the drier for too long. Last but not least, always adhere to the garment instructions to know how much heat you can expose it to while washing.

Other Miscellaneous Information: –  

These are some particulars to be kept in mind:

• Don’t buy too tight or oversized FR garments or else the purpose won’t be served.
• Have a profound detail about your clothing so that you have an idea of the intensity of danger you can expose yourself too.
• There are two levels of protection, Primary and Secondary; the former has a higher level of protection due to a higher rate of fatality it is exposed to and the latter the opposite.
• Always wear such clothes underneath your FR garments which do not ignite easily and are non-melting or else the results in some cases may be grave.
• Never opt for 100% cotton clothes, since a purely cotton apparel is quite dangerous.
• Don’t overuse your garment; once the garment is beyond repairable don’t think twice before disposing of it.
• The longevity and durability of an FR dress depend on the way it has been used and cared for.
• Except for stain removal don’t use hot water, always use cold or warm water.


Thus following these instructions will help you out in major cases. But if you are looking for some specified answer, it is always advisable for you to go and clear your doubts with the manufacturers themselves.