Decontamination and Cleaning Products for Firefighters
The cancer rates of firefighters are rising at a critical rate, so it’s only natural that you should keep yourself, your team, and department safe and healthy. 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 procedure involves the use of a variety of special equipments and products for the firefighters to clean themselves, their gear, equipment and as well as the fire scene.
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The decon equipment and products work well in getting rid of the harmful particles. Priority and care is given to the firefighters themselves as they are the ones who receive the largest amount of exposure on 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. 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. Firefighters are offered on site decon kits and decon kit refill supplies to help with the decontamination procedures. The decontamination kits usually contain decon gear and equipment and personal decontamination products such as turnout gear, FR clothing, and PPE cleaning products and sprays as well as decontamination wipes, decon field wipes and etc.
The average baby wipes found in supermarkets and grocery stores can get the job done when dealing with soot and dirt, it won’t work on metals however as metals stick to your skin like nails on a board, so you can’t clean it down no matter how hard you rub and scrub as it sticks in a different fashion as opposed to germs and dirt. Intense burning of materials in the fire scene have the tendency of releasing heavy metal oxides that are virtually invisible to the naked eye such as the heating of stainless steel, ceramics, anti-corrosion coatings and chrome will release hexavalent chromium; and burning paint, carpets, and other household items and decorations will release lead oxide. Hygenall is one of the companies that manufacture firefighter decon products, this company manufactures cleaning and decontamination products such as special decontamination wipes, surface cleaners, and soaps that will not only get rid of dirt and grime accumulated from the scene but also more than 99% of the the mentioned heavy metal oxides and other metals such as copper, nickel, mercury, arsenic, and etc.
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