Fire Retardant Coverall Is Very Necessary

- Dec 01, 2017 -

NORFOLK, Va. -- This fall, the U.S. Navy will start issuing fire retardant uniforms to sailors at sea that are more lighter-weight ;comfortable ;versions of the function coveralls sailors have worn on board ships the past few years.

Tests of the Navy's Type working uniform in 2012 showed it can catch on fire from a single match, will melt and drip when burning, and wouldn't self-extinguish (fire retardant). There had not been a requirement for every sailor on board a ship to wear a flame-resistant uniform since 1996, but video of the incident alarmed sailors, veterans and their families.