Flame resistant or flame retardant?

Ever heard the terms flame resistant and flame retardant and thought "Oh well, it must be one and the same"? Think again...

 

The most notable difference between flame resistant and flame retardant items can be found in the way the fabric is made. Where flame resistant fabrics are made from material that are naturally non flammable, flame retardant fabrics have been chemically treated to be non flammable

 

 

Both flame resistant and flame retardant items are often slow burning and self-extinguishing

 

You will find that flame retardant items are cheaper than flame resistant items because it is easier to produce.  It is however necessary to learn about the recommended use and amount of washes this can take before it starts losing some of its flame retardancy

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