If flame-resistant clothing is designed to protect you from flames, heat and other similar environmental concerns, are there any additional measures you can take to make the clothing more effective? Additionally, are there any practices you should avoid that might make this clothing less effective?
The garments you choose to wear underneath your flame-resistant clothing have a significant impact on your safety and the effectiveness of your FR clothing. Whenever you wear these clothes, you should always take care to wear only non-melting garments underneath them.
There are two primary reasons for this caution. The first is that by doing this, you’re essentially adding a second layer of FR protection. Even if your first layer of outerwear gets damaged or burned, you will still have a second layer to protect you. The layer of air insulation between the two layers also helps keep you safe.
Another reason to dress in non-melting underclothes is the intense environment you may be working in. Even though your outer layer provides protection, it’s still possible your underlayer will be affected by the heat and begin to melt or become overheated. If temperatures and conditions are extreme enough, these bottom layers of clothing may even ignite and cause serious injury.
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