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Testing FR Clothing

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Hundreds of people come to North Dakota each month to take jobs in the oil industry.

And many of them need specialized clothing to be safe on the job.

With standard clothes, this can happen in an oil site fire...

That's a demonstration of a four-second blast of flame on regular clothes.

And the DuPont company's demonstration chamber drives home that point with computerized sensors that show that - in that case - the victim would have been burned over 80% of his body with mostly third-degree burns...very likely a fatal accident.

The idea of the chamber is to show how F-R, or fire retardant clothing can save a life.

Here's what happens with standard clothing treated with FR chemicals.

The result is burns on 49% of the body and 10% at the third degree level.

And finally, a look at specialized clothing - DuPont's brand is called Nomex.

It turns the same fire scenario into one where only 24% of the body is burned and just 7% - mostly the unprotected head - are third degree burns.

The company says it's critical for workers to be protected at a level that matches the danger level of their job.

(Brad Eaton, DuPont) "The key for us is helping people understand that different FR technology will perform differently depending on their hazards. So what we try to do is to focus on understanding what a company's hazards are and that's what's going to lead to the FR solution."

Today's demonstration was put on by Train-ND, an arm of Williston State College designed to provide critical training to people in the energy industry.

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