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Tips for Donning FR Workwear

Wear your flame-resistant clothing properly for max protection. How to put on FR uniforms correctly.


1. Be sure your workwear fits well.

You will want a fit that is not too tight or too baggy. Your clothing should be just loose enough that it leaves a layer of air between your FR clothing and your undergarments. This layer of air in between your undergarments and clothing adds insulation that will help protect you in an arc flash or flash fire; this is why it is important that your uniform clothing doesn’t fit too close to the body. Overly baggy clothing can cause injury if it is caught in equipment or machines.

2. Always wear undergarments that will not melt. Flame-resistant, arc rated base layers and undergarments are best. Some non-melting, natural fibers are

• Cotton
• Wool
• Silk

3. Ensure maximum protection by properly donning your flame-resistant workwear.

• Button, zip, or snap the shirt or coverall as high as possible up the chest.
• Never wear sleeves rolled up, exposing your arms.
• Button or snap cuffs at the wrists.
• Always tuck in your shirttails.


4. The outer most layer of clothing must be flame-resistant.

Non-FR outerwear will not resist ignition and can burn or melt, putting you in danger even when worn over your FR workwear. Always choose flame-resistant outerwear to wear with your FR workwear. FR hoodies, jackets, coats, bibs & coveralls are a smart choice. Remember that heat and flames rise. If your outerwear is not flame-resistant and catches fire, rising heat and flame will cause significant injuries to the unprotected parts of the body, including the face and head.

wear fr clothing properly for maximum protection


Learn more about the basics of FR workwear here.