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Understanding Flash Fire Risk

Flash fire is defined as a fire that spreads rapidly through a diffuse fuel, such as dust, gas or the vapors of an ignitable liquid, without the production of damaging pressure.* Temperatures attained by a flash fire are capable of igniting or melting regular clothing, which, in contact with the skin, can then continue to burn until the fuel source (clothing) has been exhausted. Burning clothing is the cause of the most severe flash fire injuries.

Flame resistant clothing, constructed of fibers and fabrics specifically designed to withstand extreme temperatures, will resist ignition, self-extinguish and not melt.

Industries at risk include:

  • Chemical Manufacturers
  • Gas Utilities
  • Petrochemical
  • Petroleum

Contact us today to speak with a Cintas representative about your flame resistant clothing needs.

*NFPA 2112 Standard on Flame Resistant Garments for Protection of Industrial Personnel Against Flash Fire, 2001 Edition