Fire Protection

Flame Resistant Clothing Made with Nomex®

The unpredictable nature of industrial fires, such as pool fires, bleve fires and flash fires and jet fires  —make them all the more dangerous.

Industrial fires can be disastrous as much for the workers who are exposed to them as the businesses that endure them. Over 40 years ago, DuPontrecognized the need for flame resistant clothing that offered protection to those that are at risk for exposure to fire hazards. DuPont scientists created flame resistant Nomex® fiber, a revolutionary material that helps provides industrial workers with protection from intense heat and flames. Nomex® fiber helps minimize break-open and maintains a stable, inert barrier between the fire and skin, protecting the wearer from direct exposure. In the face of these hazards Nomex® forms a tough, protective char, staying supple until it cools. What’s more, Nomex® won’t melt or drip, unlike other fabrics that degrade and add the risk of melted material to the burn trauma.

An excellent value, Nomex® lasts three to five times longer than other protective fabrics, including 100% cotton and flame-retardant treated cotton. But comfort and fit are also an essential part of safety, which is why DuPont collaborates with manufacturers and mills to help them expand on and improve their offerings of FR clothing protection with softer, breathable, lightweight fabrics. In fact, side-by-side wear tests show that the lightweight comfort of Nomex® is often preferred over other protective fabrics. DuPont™ Nomex® is widely used by those in offshore drilling, petrochemical, chemical, and pharmaceutical industries, el