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Simms, D.L. and Hinkley, P.L., 1959. MATERIALS SUITABLE FOR CLOTHING AIRCRAFT FIRE CRASH RESCUE WORKERS PART X. THE EFFECT OF WATER ON CLOTHING. Fire Research Notes 366
The effect of water content on the protection afforded by various clothing assemblies has been measured. When clothing contains a moisture barrier a large increase in protection is obtained by wetting it. Without a moisture barrier, wet clothing gives less protection against radiant heat than dry clothing because of the inward diffusion of moisture; against flames the protection may be slightly higher for wet clothing than for dry. Possible reasons for this difference between flame and radiation exposure are discussed. There is a large increase in protection if the clothing is wetted down continuously but there is a danger of scalding if permeable clothing is wetted down when it is hot.
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