Decontamination and Cleaning For Firefighters – New Suite of Products
The number of firefighters diagnosed with cancer is rising at an alarming rate, so its of utmost importance that you should keep yourself, your team and your department safe from any personal health issues that might arise as direct result of the job. The best way of protecting yourself and your team from harmful carcinogens is through decontamination procedures, these procedures eliminate any carcinogens that might be lying around on the gear, equipment, the station, and fire trucks.
This decontamination procedure requires the use of special equipment and tools required to aid firefighters in decontamination of themselves, their gear and the site.
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The decontamination equipment gets most of the job done in getting rid of any harmful particles. The priority is always at the firefighters as they are the ones exposed to any harmful particles and oxides as they go about their job inside the fire scene.
It is an important standard operating procedure that firefighters should always decontaminate themselves prior to leaving the fire scene. These decon procedures are for example the removal of harmful particles and residue from the external or dermal areas and on the turnout gear, FR clothing, and the PPE. Fire fighters are offered decontamination kits and decon kit refills to help them in decontaminating themselves and their gear on site. Turnout gear, FR clothing, and PPE cleaning products and sprays as well as decontamination wipes, decon field wipes and other gear such as cleaning hoses and etc are examples of what’s inside these decontamination kits.
The average baby wipes one can buy from grocery stores and supermarket can do the job at basic cleaning and getting rid of dirt, soot, and surface grime but are ineffective at the removal of metals, regardless of how hard you wipe and scrub metals will stick on to the skin in a manner unlike germs and dirt so it’s very difficult to get rid of by any other means. Burning materials will usually release heavy metal oxides that are invisible to the naked eye such as hexavalent chromium from heating ceramics, chrome, stainless steel, and anti-corrosion coatings; lead oxide which is released by burning paint, carpets, and other household items and decorations. Companies such as Hygenall make soaps, surface cleaners, and wipes that not only cleans soot, but also gets rid more than more than 99% of the said heavy metal oxides and other metals such as mercury, arsenic, nickel, copper, and etc.
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