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It is clear that a variety of different clothing materials will burn differently depending on the type of material used as well as how tightly woven it is and if it is loose fitting.
Some materials, such as wool, are inherently fire resisting whilst others are not and can ignite easily and spread fire rapidly.
The greatest risk group are those who have limited mobility and or other health factors, causing them not to be immediately aware of what is happening around them and unable to react promptly. Smoking and excess consumption of alcohol are also factors that can increase the risk of setting clothing alight.
If you care for or know of anyone who you feel may be vulnerable from the potential danger of igniting their clothing, please make them aware of our safety advice and contact the The Community Safety Team so that we can assess whether there is any other support that we can provide.
Highlighting the issue
East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service are keen to highlight the issue of vulnerable people and clothing fires at a national and government level so as to help determine whether there is more that can be done to reduce the occurrence and impact of these types of fire.
In particular the Service is looking to promote labelling of clothing to include its risk from fire, so that vulnerable people, their carers, families and friends can make an informed decision about the type of clothing they wear.