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- Time of issue:2015-11-06
FR (FlameResistant) clothing is designed as a means for protection against potentially fatal flash fire and arc flash environments.
They provide the wearer a few seconds of necessary escape time, while preventing clothing ignition. Remember that the majority of
severe and fatal burn injuries are due to the individual’s clothing igniting and continuing to burn, not by the exposure itself.
The goal for any FR manufacturer or wearer is to ultimately increase the probability of survival. No garment or fabric is available
in primary protection as fail-safe insurance. In other words, if an accident does take place it is most likely that some injury will
occur; however, the design of both fabrics and apparel is to lower the risk of injury and possible death.
Given the staggering costs of insurance and hospital related claims due to burn victims, it’s always more feasible to institute an FR
apparel program where there is possible exposure to such injuries. With the average cost of a burn injury victim in the hundreds of thousands,
and sometimes millions of dollars, not to mention the long term care needed, it seems like a small price for $40 shirt. FR clothing in most
cases is more expensive than regular work clothing; however, many FR fabrics are designed to last much longer than regular work clothes while
at the same time providing protection against potential hazards. So the actual cost of ownership in most cases is lower. Knowing you spent a
little more to save a life will no doubt provide the piece of mind which no amount of money can give.
Many times industry veterans find it difficult to believe that wearing such protection is valuable and even necessary after working 30+ years in
an environment where they personally have never experienced an accident or even known someone who has. Our response is simple: No one calls it
an accident because it was expected to happen.
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