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Thread: flammable fabric

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    just something that I don't get - so many of the juvenile fabrics - cottons and flannels - are not recommended for kids sleepwear - so what is safe to use and why all the juvenile prints that you can't use for that reason? I have used the non-flam batting but what is the point if the fabric is flamable?

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    It doesn't make sense....

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    That flame resistant clothing? It is only good for so many washings and only with certain types of laundry soaps, and then it is as flammable as any other fabric :wink:

    So since I never replaced my kids/grands jammies every month or sooner... I put my energy towards keeping them safe by checking the batteries in the smoke alarms and other preventative measures :D

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    there are even mattresses that are flame resistant but try to buy one!

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    There are laundry soaps on the market that help to increase a fabrics flame resistance. Charlie's Soap is one of them. I've never tested it personally, but that is what their website claims.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fancy Nancy
    just something that I don't get - so many of the juvenile fabrics - cottons and flannels - are not recommended for kids sleepwear - so what is safe to use and why all the juvenile prints that you can't use for that reason? I have used the non-flam batting but what is the point if the fabric is flamable?
    It's a liability issue for the manufacturers of juvenile fabric prints.

    Actually, it's okay to use that kind of fabric in children's sleepwear ***IF*** the sleepwear is tight-fitting to the child's body. You can even purchase sleepwear like this that has not been treated with flame-retardents. When the garment is tight-fitted to the body, the fabric will not combust and engulf the child in flames before you can put the fire out.

    With a loose-fitting garment, such as a nightgown, air can reach both sides of the fabric. If the hem of the nightgown or pajama bottom catches on fire, the child's body (including face and hair) will be engulfed in flames before an adult can put out the fire.

    Polyester isn't particularly good either. When subjected to flame, polyester balls up into a gummy syrup that sticks to the skin.

    These fabrics are not a problem in quilts because of the thickness of the quilt. If you touch a match to the bottom of a quilt, it will take awhile for the quilt to catch fire and for the fire to travel through the quilt. The problem with loose-fitting sleepwear is that a single layer of cotton fabric is thin enough for air to feed the flames from both sides of it; this is why it combusts so fast.

    Think of a movie that shows curtains catching on fire. It's the same idea. The curtains are thin, so air can reach both sides of the fabric, and they go up in flames very quickly.

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    That is a good quistion. God bless.

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