Flame retardant underwear increases safety
North Carolina State University has found evidence that use of flame retardant underwear significantly reduces the extent of 2nd and 3rd degree burns compared to standard cotton underwear.
Flash fire testing
The test was carried out by means of a manikin, fitted with 150 heat sensors, dressed in new Wenaas Offshore clothing and regular cotton underwear, and then exposed to a 4 second flash fire. The manikin was then dressed in new Wenaas Offshore products and Devold® Spirit flame retardant underwear, and again exposed to a 4 second flash fire.
When the manikin is exposed to the flames, the heat sensors measure the transfer of heat to the skin tissue and predicts the level of 2nd and 3rd degree burn injury.
In addition to burn injury, there can also be scolding injuries due to moisture. If perspiration remains on the skin, it can become so hot when heated that it boils. It is therefore extremely important to wear flame retardant underwear that has good moisture transportation properties.
The extent of burns reduced by 29%
The test showed that when wearing the new Wenaas Offshore Daletec 350A coverall together with Devold® Spirit flame retardant underwear, the extent of 2nd and 3rd degree burns was reduced by 13%. The test also showed that when wearing new Wenaas Offshore 220A coverall together with Devold® Spirit flame retardant underwear, the extent of 2nd and 3rd degree burns was reduced by a massive 29%.