Articles Posted in Flammable Clothing

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The cold weather blanketing much of the United States in this first week of February is causing many incidents of fire as people try to keep warm. For instance, in suburban New York, five firefighters were hospitalized with smoke inhalation after battling a basement house fire. One of those firefighters was in critical but stable condition and undergoing hyperbaric chamber treatment before going into the intensive care unit.

A local fire marshal said the blaze was not suspicious; the fire broke out around lunchtime and took about an hour to get under control. The firefighters were injured while in the basement, where there was a sudden eruption of flames, said one police detective. A fire chief added that “the fire at one point flared up on them,” probably from a rush of oxygen that came into the basement from a door or an area of wall being opened to the outside. See a video of the fire here.

The lesson here: If you have a fire in your home, it is best to simply close the door to the room where the fire is burning and immediately go outside your home to call the fire department — do not try to put out the fire yourself! In fact, closing a door or window as you leave will actually help to starve the fire of the fuel it needs to burn — oxygen.

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They are clothing in which the materials that is made from can catch fire easily. Flammable clothing became public in the 1940s after an epidemic of children who sustained leg burns caused by the ignition of Gene Audry cowboy suits, these suits were highly flammable. Soon this was reinforced when girls sustained burns that resulted from wearing cotton sweater which were highly flammable (torch sweaters). In 1953 the Flammability Fabrics Act was passed in the USA that regulates the manufacture and sale of wearing appeal of highly flammable clothing.

Among common flammable clothing for children are pajamas, gowns, and bathrobes. Factors that affect the speed at which clothes ignite and the rate at which they burn after being ignited include:

  • The type of material it’s made of: cotton burns fast and is destroyed completely within seconds, synthetic fiber such as nylon has a lower risk of burning but it will melt and stick to the skin. For wool it burns very slowly and doesn’t ignite. A fabric that is made from plant fibers which is chemically treated has flame retardant characters.
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