Flame Safe FR Clothing Which to Buy

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FR Clothes, Which is Best?

 

Tranemo Flame Retardant Boilersuit

When buying 'Flame Safe' (more commonly known as 'FR Clothing'), the big question we get asked all the time is 'what is the difference between inherent and non-inherent Flame proofing?'
In simple terms, a 'Flame safe', non-inherent garment is dipped into a flame resistant chemical and then dried. When the garment is laundered, some of the coating will wash out - this is why all garments that have undergone this type of treatment can only be laundered a certain number of times before losing their efficacy.
Inherent flame safe garments are made from a cloth in which the fibres used will not alight easily.  This gives the garment a very long life span as there are no chemicals to wash out or to be worn off.

Pros & Cons of inherent and non-inherent Flame Safe Clothing
Non-inherent FR garments:
Pros: Cheaper to make and therefore cheaper to buy.
Cons: You have to monitor laundering carefully.  In addition, in some cases, the Flame Resistant chemical is sprayed onto the cloth (rather than the cloth being fully immersed in the chemical) and therefore the product may not be Flame Retardant all the way through.  The chemical can also be rubbed off of the clothing in certain areas - i.e. knees, elbows, etc, reducing the effectiveness of the clothing in those spots.
Inherent FR Garments:
Pros: The FR rating will last as long as the garment is serviceable, no matter how many washes and how much rubbing.  However, if the cloth is threadbare, then it must be discarded and replaced.
Cons: More expensive to make and therefore more expensive to buy.