One commonly held idea is that if you wear clothing made from 100 percent cotton, it will protect you from heat, electric arcs and flames. However, this is a misconception, because 100 percent cotton clothing is still flammable. When exposed to an ignition source, it will catch fire and will not extinguish itself the way flame-resistant clothing will.
While cotton will not have the same risk of melting and burning fabrics like nylon and polyester will, it is perhaps even more likely to catch fire. Based on this information, we can definitively say 100 percent cotton clothing is not a suitable substitute in situations where flame-resistant clothing is recommended or required.
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