Nomex Fire retardant clothing Singapore
The selection of protective clothing is of primary concern as it has barrier properties. Therefore factors to consider: design, durability, comfort and functionality should be taken when choosing the most suitable clothing for firemen and oil and gas industry workers. Besides, heat resistant, impermeable and fluid-resistant are factors to be considered as well. Nomex fire retardant clothing protects the firefighter and industrial workers from intense heat and flames from the different types of fire such as flash and jet fires.
People in the oil and gas industries face the risk of fire hazards during their work schedule. They are surrounded by flammable liquid or gases which are highly combustible. That’s why they choose fire retardant (FR) clothing made with Nomex® for proven protection and comfort. This will help to create a healthy and safe environment for performing the daily task.
Fire retardant clothing made of Nomex® provides comfort to the user, fire protection. When exposed to extreme heat, Nomex® undergoes a special reaction, changing its properties to capture more energy in the fabric, giving the user extra time of protection from heat transfer. This heat and flame resistance is built into the Nomex® fibre cannot be washed out or worn away.
You may wonder what is Nomex fire retardant? Nomex has many properties is it has excellent chemical, thermal and radiation resistance for polymer material. From launderer point of view, protective clothing made of Nomex® is very durable that it can last for five years. It can be washed and worn 125 times and below and is still maintaining its professional look and protection. This type of garments are extremely durable, so they aren’t damaged by laundering.
Fire retardant is a substance that can slow and stop the spread of fire or reduce its intensity. Chemical reactions can reduce the flammability of fuels or delay combustion. Fire retardants may also cool the fuel through physical action or endothermic chemical reactions.
How do flame retardants work?
Fire retardant clothing is made from 100% wool or cotton. Regardless of the type of gown used, flame retardants are able to stop or delay fire but depending on their chemical make-up, they interact at different phases of the fire cycle. In the burning phase, fuel, oxygen and free radicals are combined to create chemical reactions that cause visible flames to appear. As the heat levels increase, the Nomex® material will not melt but they can ignite and continue to burn. This type of apparel is preferred by utility workers in petrochemical and refinery environments.
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