Facts About Fabric Flammability

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North Central Regional Publication
Originally published by Iowa State University, this publication has been adapted for regional distribution

Did you know that wool and silk are more flame-resistant than rayon? Even the way material is woven affects its flammability. This publication lists several materials and their flammability characteristics, along with trade names of fire-resistant materials. Clothing labeling is discussed and precautions to reduce fire hazards around the home are provided. Other topics include government flammability standards and requirements for certain household items such as mattresses and carpets.


  • Burn injuries
  • Fire-retardant clothing
  • Flame-retardant clothing
  • Home safety


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