Why Fit Matters In FR Gear

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Do you like to live dangerously? If you’re a lineman, welder or HVAC worker you may grind it out every day in an environment that puts you at risk for exposure to flames. Although you’re not afraid to get your hands dirty, you may need fire resistant clothing (FRC) to keep you safe. Making sure that your FRC fits properly will help reduce your risk of injury or even save your life in an emergency situation on the clock.

Your skinny jeans may help you with the ladies but when it comes to the work site, you need clothes that fit just right. FRC shouldn’t be too loose or too tight in order to give you the right protection. If you wear baggy clothes, then you’re at risk for getting them tangled in equipment. If you’re wearing clothes that are too tight then you’re leaving a smaller air gap between your skin and the fabric, according to Industrial Safety and Hygiene News (ISHN).

Keeping an air gap in your clothing will serve as a barrier to heat transfer between the fabric and your skin—giving you more thermal protection. Tighter clothing could transfer more heat energy to the skin during a flash fire or an arc flash than proper fitting threads.

FRC can greatly reduce your risk of injury or even save your life if you’re in an emergency. To find your perfect fit, visit Working Person’s Store and WorkingPerson.com. We offer a wide selection of gear from outerwear, pants, overalls, accessories, underwear, rain gear and more. With quality brands like Carhartt, CAT, Wrangler, you will find styles and sizes that will work for you.

For example, our Men’s FRS293 NVY Navy Blue FR USA-Made Henley shirt will have your back if things heat up. It meets the ASTM F1506 rating for flame-resistance, and it has an arc rating (ATPV) of 9 cal/cm^2 (HRC/ARC level 2). It also meets crucial OSHA, NFPA and NESC standards. Its comfortable, generous fit comes from the 6.2 ounces of 100% flame-resistant cotton. The Raglan sleeve design gives you range of motion for moving and shaking on the job and the stitching is designed to prevent chafing.