Is cotton flame resistant?

Q: I’m a workwear designer and I need to know each type of fabric feature for my work, I’d like to know is cotton flame resistant

– Vassia Roditou

Cotton in its natural state is not flame-resistant. It can catch fire and continue to burn if exposed to an ignition source. However, cotton fabrics can be chemically treated to acquire flame-resistant properties.

Flame-resistant cotton, often referred to as FR cotton, is treated with a flame-retardant chemical to slow down the burning process and self-extinguish once the ignition source is removed. This treatment can make cotton a safe choice for workwear in industries where exposure to fire or heat is a risk.

It’s important to note that the flame-resistant properties in treated cotton can wear off over time, especially with continuous washing and wear. Therefore, these garments usually have a specific lifespan and need to be replaced after a certain period or number of washes.

For garments that need to maintain their flame-resistant properties over a long period or through many wash cycles, inherently flame-resistant materials (like Nomex or Kevlar) are often a better choice, even though they might be more expensive.

Always ensure that your flame-resistant clothing meets the safety standards required for your specific industry or job role.

Have a question about personal safety equipment, work clothes, PPE industry? Anbu Safety writer Arlen Wang will find answers to the queries. to submit a question send an email to:

Why you can trust Anbu Safety

As one professional safety equipment supplier in China, we cooperate with more than 30 countries clients, produce and supply safety shoes, safety helmet, safety coverall, FR coverall, gloves, glasses, etc.

What Others Are Asking:

Read Advice from PPE experts from Anbu Safety:

Scroll to Top

Ask For A Quick Quote

We will contact you within 1 working day, please pay attention to the email with the suffix “”