What is the Definition of Flame Resistant?

What is the definition of flame resistant?

You may have heard the term Flame Resistant. You may even wear FR clothing on the job. But have you ever heard an expert describe the science that keeps you safe on the jobsite? Watch Tyndale’s VP of Technical, Scott Margolin define Flame Resistant, highlight the testing system, and even call out a common misconception.

Simply put, “flame resistantis the characteristic of a material that does not continue to burn after the heat source is removed. FRC, or flame resistant clothing, are garments specifically manufactured with built-in flame resistant fabrics that do not catch fire in the event of extreme heat exposure.

To protect consumers, there is strict testing criteria in place to determine if something can be defined as Flame Resistant. To be classified as Flame Resistant, garments must pass ASTM D6413, also known as the Vertical Flame Test. Tyndale performs this test on a sample of every FR fabric we use to make Tyndale FRC, offering wearers peace-of-mind so they can focus on the tasks at hand.

The bottom line: Oxygen + Fuel + Heat = Fire. When you’re working in an environment where a flash fire or arc flash hazard exists, the only way to stay safe is to remove one side of the “fire triangle.” Flame resistant clothing is engineered to do just that. So, make sure you take the proper precautions to make it home safe at the end of each work day.

Want to learn more? Browse our blog posts for more helpful information about FR fabrics and the answers to other frequently-asked questions. Plus, find out about FR product options and how our managed program can help you maximize compliance and protection while enhancing service and satisfaction.

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