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Flame Resistant Fabrics There to Protect You

Apr 1, 2008
Workplace hazards are not new to employers. And what is more distressing is that these accidents might actually cost a lot when it comes to reimbursement, and even lay a blot on the fine name of the business. Mercifully, at least where fire hazards are concerned, we have lots of safe options nowadays. We can choose from a lot of flame resistant fabrics that can protect workers in our establishments from hazards related to fires and high temperatures.

These flame resistant fiber materials are available for making a diverse variety of workwear uniforms. The coveralls and bib overalls made from the flame resistant fabrics are all too popular in most workplaces around the world. But, if you want more variety, you can surely opt for the more jazzy kinds of workwear uniforms which you can make by blending flame resistant shirts, sweatshirts, jackets, trousers, and even flame resistant jeans! You can definitely spruce up your workplace with whatever kind of work uniforms you choose, and in whichever color too. Imagine your workers dressed in your corporate colors and wearing uniforms that spell out a great degree of fire protection for them. Speak out brand imaging!

But when you are looking for uniforms with flame resistant fabrics, you must first know what the different kinds of flame resistant fabrics are. Here we describe the three popular kinds of flame resistant fabrics that are in use:-

NOMEX - NOMEX is the brand of DuPont. It is an aramid, containing 93% of the highly fire resistant material known as NOMEX itself, combined with 5% Kevlar and 2% carbon. Kevlar is the same material that is made in making military uniforms. The properties of this material are that it will not ignite on its own, will not melt and will not drip or burn out. It is the prime choice for people working in petrochemical industries, gas utilities and in the firefighting services.

INDURA - INDURA is another popular brand, the trademark of Westex. It is 100% flame resistant cotton, and its higher version, INDURA Ultra Soft, is a blend of 88% cotton and 12% high tenacity nylon. Both these flame resistant fabrics are prime choice in welding industries and in places where there is a high exposure to flames. They are fire retardant fabrics, which repel flames and, even if they accidentally catch fire, will extinguish as soon as they are taken away from the source of the fire. The best part of INDURA is that it is light in weight and is extremely comfortable to the wear, since it is basically a cotton product.

FIREWEAR - FIREWEAR is a registered trademark of Springs Industries. The actual flame resistant fabric contains about 55% of FIREWEAR with 45% of cotton. The properties of this flame resistant fiber is that it can retard high amounts of flames by producing a fire retarding gas when brought in contact with the flame. The gas is noncombustible, and is instrumental in protecting the fabric from repelling all kinds of flames. Cotton being an important part of this flame resistant fiber, you can look forward to these fabrics being light in weight and also good for aeration.

You will find some of the best in flame resistant fabrics used in the workwear uniforms showcased with online retailers. You can find Nomex, Indura, Firewear and Excel fabrics in many different styles and cuts.
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Max Johnson of The Uniform Connection. Click for more Flame Resistant Fabrics.
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