Dickies Flame-Resistant items are certified to the NFPA 2112 and 70E testing requirements and protect against electric arc-flash and flash fire threats. Flame-resistant technology is incorporated into the product and is designed to endure the life of the garment, wash after wash.
Because these items are certified as flame-resistant, they do not need to be treated with a flame retardant. However, many people choose to coat them with a flame retardant for extra protection. Coating can be applied in a variety of ways, but most commonly using a spray coating. This type of coating will help prevent flames from reaching through thin spots in the fabric where it may begin to burn through.
Flame-resistant clothing has been used by firefighters for decades. In fact, it was originally developed for use in factories that made a lot of products with fabrics that burned easily. Since then, it has become a standard feature in many household garments sold under various brands including Dickies.
Firefighters usually wear multiple types of protective equipment when on duty. These include helmets, boots, gloves, and coats. Some departments add face shields or snorkels to this list. While all of this equipment helps protect firefighters, it cannot replace what we learn in training classes every time there is a fire. For example, we learn not to run toward a building report because doing so could put our lives at risk.
There is a terrible myth that 100% cotton cloth is flame proof. In the case of an arc flash, untreated cotton fabric will ignite and continue to burn against the skin. The solution is simple: treat the material you use for clothing.
Cotton needs some type of treatment or protection because it will burn if exposed to an open flame. Most often, this happens when clothes are washed with detergents containing bleach. The process of bleaching cotton removes the color from the fiber and makes it more susceptible to burning. If you are aware of this problem but choose not to wear clothes treated with bleach, then you should consider wearing protective clothing when working with these materials.
Cotton burns slowly compared to other common fabrics like nylon and polyester, but it can still be a hazard if it comes in contact with an open flame. The best way to avoid exposure to cotton flames is to never put yourself in a situation where you could be burned by them. This means avoiding laundry rooms and bathrooms without fire doors and extinguishing any flaming garments before they have a chance to burn anyone.
The upholstery industry has known for years that cotton fabric does not burn like wool or leather so it is no surprise that it is becoming more popular as upholstery material.
Fire-resistant materials are made to burn slowly. A fire resistant material is one that is intended to endure heat and resist burning. A fire-resistant material is one that is used in firefighters' bunker gear to shield them from the flames of a burning structure. Examples include thick woolen clothing, leather, and steel. Fire-resistant materials can also be found in home construction—for example, wood frame buildings are now required by law in some states to have fire-resistant wiring insulation.
The amount of time it takes for cloth to burn depends on how fast it burns other things like cotton or wool. These days most clothes are based on polyester which will burn much faster than cotton or wool. However, even with polyester clothes there are ways to make them take longer to burn. For example, if a piece of clothing has many pockets in very small sizes it will take longer to burn because there is less surface area for the fire to burn away at real quick. Also, if the fabric is thick enough it can be burned as a whole instead of being distributed more evenly by the threads. This is called "total combustion" and it means that the entire article is consumed by the fire.
People who work with fire-resistant materials get to use stuff like this all the time. It's part of their job to keep people safe from fires.