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 most effective means of keeping yourself and your team’s health in check is through decontamination procedures that protects firefighters by removing any carcinogens from equipment, gear, fire trucks, and even the fire station.
The decontamination procedure is performed through the use of various special decontamination products and equipments.
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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.
As standard operating procedure, firefighters should always decontaminate their gear and themselves before they leave a fire scene to prevent any health issues as well as possible contamination of the environment. An example of the decontamination procedures that firefighters perform include getting rid of any harmful particles on their turnout gear, their PPE, and FR clothing; and any residue on their skin or dermal areas. Firefighters are offered on site decon kits and decon kit refill supplies to help with the decontamination procedures. These kits contain specialized decontamination products such as turnout gear, FR clothing, and PPE cleaning products and sprays as well as decontamination wipes, decon field wipes to remove heavy metal residue from skin as well as other decon gear.
Dirt, soot, and grime can easily be removed by your average super market and grocery store baby wipes but when getting rid of metals however, they are highly ineffective as regardless of how hard and intense you wipe down, metals wont just come off as they stick to the skin differently as opposed to how germs and dirt sticks. 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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