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Industries That Need Flame-Resistant Uniforms

October 01 2019
flame resistant uniforms

If your business involves fire, electricity, or dangerous chemicals, you need flame-resistant (FR) clothing. Sense of safety and company confidence go hand in hand. 

FR clothing is any wearable material designed to protect its wearer against extreme heat and other dangers. Some obvious professions that need this kind of protection include firefighters, police officers, and forestry management. There are, however, many industrial and maintenance professionals that could also benefit from the protection. 


Electricity is an enormously powerful force that has deadly effects on the body in relatively small quantities. Due to the possibility of “arc flash,” where an enormous release of energy can cause temperatures in excess of 35,000℉ and a vaporizing of metal conductors the arc originates from, wearing proper personal protective equipment (PPE) is essential. Wearing the right uniforms can make the difference between taking a ten minute break or a ten-day stay in the hospital. 

While electrically-resistant gloves, protective eyewear, and hard hats are standard PPE for the job, they don’t account for the flammability of clothing. The National Trauma Data Bank estimated that around 4,300 serious clothing-related burns occurred annually between 1997 and 2006. Unfortunately, clothing flammability isn’t an issue you can overlook. 

Industrial Food Processors

Precooked dinners are innocuous enough  when sitting on the shelf, but the story of their creation is filled with heat, pressure, and danger. In rare cases, these forces get out of control and have deadly consequences.  

While technological and safety-standards have helped decrease injuries in modern times, the danger of fire in processing plants will always be present. Having the right uniforms for your employees will help reassure them and yourself that their lives aren’t in danger just by coming into work. 

Paper Processing 

When paper processing plants catch fire, they catch fast. All the alarms and sprinkler systems won’t help workers caught next to it trying to find a way out in their flammable clothing. It’s important to keep these workers safe from that dangerous scenario.

Chemical Plants 

Similar to paper processing plants, chemical processing plants are powder kegs that just take a small series of mistakes to ignite explosions and fires that can last for days at a time. Your employees are probably aware of the risks they take every time they walk through the door. 

Having extra PPE in the form of FR clothing for them to wear at all times or in especially dangerous positions can go a long way in making them feel comfortable and cared for. 

Sparkle Has You Covered 

We know what it takes to protect your employees from the dangers they could face on the job. With over 60 years in the professional uniform industry, there’s no better source of quality, secure, and reliable products and service than us. 

Protecting your employees isn’t a job to be left to anybody. You need local ownership, personalized service, a professional staff, and a company with the technology and experience to get you what you need before you need it. Call Sparkle Uniform & Linen Service today at 611-634-1130 and get ready to shine.