The Difference Between Flame-Resistant & Flame-Retardant Work Wear

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Most people working in the oil and gas sector – including contractors and service techs – wear flame-retardant or flame-resistant (FR) clothing on the job site. Telling the difference between the two garments can be a challenge. If you’re unsure, follow up with the experts at UpTen FR Apparel. They’ll help you find exactly what you want and need.   

The main difference between these two types of protective gear is the material from which each has been manufactured. Flame resistant fabrics are crafted from non-flammable materials. Flame retardant fabrics are chemically treated to resist burning or to self-extinguish if exposed to an open flame.   

Fire-resistant clothing is a form of protective gear designed to shield you from fire-related hazards. Though not fireproof, FR clothing can substantially reduce your risk of getting burned while on the job. Fire-retardant clothing may ignite if exposed to an open flame, but the fabric is designed to self-extinguish. In other words, the material will not continue to burn once ignited.  

It’s important to note that fire-resistant clothing is not the same as Arc-Rated (AR) protective gear. FR rated clothing is designed to protect you from flames, embers and flash fires. Arc-Rated (AR) clothing has been designed to protect you from electrical and arc perils. When purchasing protective clothing, it’s essential to know precisely what the job requires. 

UpTen FR Apparel offers an exceptional line of comfortable, durable and versatile FR workwear including shirts, hoodies and jackets – engineered to deliver predictable protection in the most unpredictable situations. Superior protection against the harshest job site hazards.

The team at UpTen FR are here to answer your questions, explain the advantages and to help you select the right gear for your specific situation. Call us at 905-424-4481 or visit Quality FR apparel, custom-crafted and tradespeople approved.