The lifespan of Flame-Resistant (FR) clothing can vary greatly depending on the brand, the quality of the garment, how often it’s worn, and how it’s cared for. However, there are some general guidelines you can follow.
FR clothing can last anywhere from one year to several years. For instance, daily-worn FR work shirts and pants are usually serviceable from 12 to 16 months, while FR outerwear like jackets and bibs can last several years due to less frequent wear.
However, you should always inspect your FR clothing regularly for signs of wear and tear. Here are a few signs that your FR clothing may need to be replaced:
- Holes or tears: These could potentially expose your skin to a flame or arc flash hazard.
- Heavy soiling or stains: Some contaminants can be flammable and reduce the effectiveness of the FR technology.
- Thinning fabric: Over time, fabric can become thin and worn, which can reduce the garment’s protective qualities.
- Damaged closures: Damaged or non-functioning zippers, snaps, or buttons can expose skin to hazards.
Moreover, it’s crucial to follow the manufacturer’s care instructions for your FR clothing. Improper laundering can significantly shorten the lifespan of these garments and reduce their flame-resistant qualities.
Please note that this is general advice and individual experiences can vary. Always refer to the specific guidelines provided by your FR clothing manufacturer or your safety officer.