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    is fleece material required to be flame reisitant/retardant?

    just a quick off the wall question.................when you buy or make a fleece garment/clothing item, is it required to be flame reisitant/retardant? I was wondering if there were any laws/regulations that manufacturers have to comply with on this issue? Is regular polar tech fleece flame resistant/retardant?
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    Quote Originally Posted by stevebo View Post
    just a quick off the wall question.................when you buy or make a fleece garment/clothing item, is it required to be flame reisitant/retardant? I was wondering if there were any laws/regulations that manufacturers have to comply with on this issue? Is regular polar tech fleece flame resistant/retardant?

    I don't think so... I know I have had a few melt because I forgot to take them off when grinding..

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    Polartec does make various types of fleece for high temperature applications (like for wilderness firefighters).
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    I have always thought the only fire retardant clothing
    By law,was in kids PJ's
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    Quote Originally Posted by bhinson View Post
    I have always thought the only fire retardant clothing
    By law,was in kids PJ's
    In the US children's "sleepwear" is required to be flame retardant no matter what it is made of. Typically a flame retardant treatment is added to the fabric which is why you should only wash children's sleep wear in detergent and never soap. Soap removes the flame retardant treatment.

    Fleece in and of itself is not flame retardant.
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    Poly fleece may be flame resistant but it will melt. We are not allowed to wear anything under/over our flight suit unless it is 100% cotton or silk. The only synthetic we are allowed to wear is nomex. I do have a nomex "fleece" vest for use in the winter. Do your own testing and get some scraps from walmart, joanns etc and see what happens.

    BTW the way I don't know the requirements but burning or melting will both hurt like heck. Just use common sense when using synthetic fibers around flame/heat/fire.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ohiohiker View Post
    Poly fleece may be flame resistant but it will melt. We are not allowed to wear anything under/over our flight suit unless it is 100% cotton or silk. The only synthetic we are allowed to wear is nomex. I do have a nomex "fleece" vest for use in the winter. Do your own testing and get some scraps from walmart, joanns etc and see what happens.
    I've never tried to burn fleece, but I've had it melt while wearing it. I was in a car wreck and my air bag deployed. Later I looked at the arms of some Columbia fleece I had worn and the material was somewhat melted. There were no holes but it was as if the friction of the bag going up my arm caused it to melt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ohiohiker View Post
    Poly fleece may be flame resistant but it will melt. We are not allowed to wear anything under/over our flight suit unless it is 100% cotton or silk. The only synthetic we are allowed to wear is nomex. I do have a nomex "fleece" vest for use in the winter. Do your own testing and get some scraps from walmart, joanns etc and see what happens.

    BTW the way I don't know the requirements but burning or melting will both hurt like heck. Just use common sense when using synthetic fibers around flame/heat/fire.

    Chris
    The problem with synthetics in a fire is they can melt into a puddle of hot plastic on your skin enhancing the burn damage. Not a problem for most of us but definitely one for somebody in turnout gear. Silk and cotton char into dust.

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