While there is a wide variety of flame-resistant dress material available, it is important to know what this type of material is and how to care for it. A good guideline is to wash the material only after it has been cleaned. This will prevent the material from shrinking during the first wash, and will allow it to shrink to its proper size. Some FR manufacturers also make specific designs for women. If you are unsure about what size to buy, call the company that makes it.
The weight of the fabric is another factor to consider. The heavier the fabric, the higher the resistance to fire. Silk is heavier than denim, but it does not ignite as quickly as denim. In order to determine the tightness of a fabric, hold it up to a bright light. If you can see a spot or two of light, you’ve got a dress that is not tightly-woven or doesn’t protect you from a fire.
Other materials have an inherent flame-resistance property. These are natural materials, which means they don’t easily burn or melt. They are also resistant to many organic solvents and have a high melting point, so they won’t melt under a significant amount of heat. These fabrics are comfortable to wear, and can be used in a number of settings. This is why flame resistant dresses are so important for both men and women.