What is Flame Resistant?

Flame resistant refers to textiles that are designed to resist or withstand ignition, prevent the spread of flames, and self-extinguish when exposed to a heat source.

These textiles are commonly used in situations where there is a possibility of fire or exposure to high temperatures. Examples include protective clothing for firefighters, oil and gas workers, and military personnel.

The fire-resistant properties of a textile depend on its fiber content, construction, and finishing methods. Certain fibers like aramids (such as Kevlar), modacrylics, and certain treated cotton possess inherent properties that make them less prone to ignition and burning. Flame-retardant chemicals can also be applied to textiles to increase their flame resistance.

Organizations such as the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) have established performance standards that flame-resistant textiles must meet. These standards specify the amount of time a textile can resist ignition, the rate at which it burns, and its ability to self-extinguish.

In addition to protective clothing, flame-resistant textiles are also used in upholstery, drapery, and bedding. However, it is essential to note that not all textiles labeled as flame-resistant are the same. It is necessary to understand the specific performance standards and testing methods used to evaluate the textile's flame resistance properties.