Originally Posted by EyesOfTheWorld
I'm pretty sure polyester is "naturally"
I think it's the other way around, actually. Polyester and any of the synthetics melt when exposed to high heat and can melt into your skin when burning causing much greater injury than a cotton or wool garment. I think wool is natually flame resistant. Cotton is not, but does not have the melting issue. I would assume other natural fibers would react similarly to cotton and burn off rather than melt and other synthetics would melt like polyester.
Hmm...well I just went a googled. Here are a few links to check out. There seems to be some difference of opinion on which is safer. Some folks say polyester because
it melts and can move away from the flame source, however the Marines have banned polyester fibers in Iraq because of the danger of burns and the material melting into it causing disfigurement.http://missourifamilies.org/features...s/feature7.htmhttp://www.military.com/features/0,15240,93820,00.htmlhttp://www.fibersource.com/f-tutor/HEALTH.htmhttp://www.fabrics.net/fabricsr.asphttp://www.salta-intl.com/FAQs.asp
I'm not sure you can wash out the flame retardants in synthetic fabrics if they have been added during the manufacturing process. Check out that last link.