Decontamination and Cleaning For Firefighters – New Suite of Products
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 doing this is through decon procedures or decontamination procedures, these procedures are an easy and very effective way of protecting yourself and your team from the harmful carcinogens found in the equipment, gear, fire trucks, and even the station.
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 harmful particles are easily taken care of the decontamination gear and products. Firefighters are at greater risk that’s why they are top priority as they are the ones who receive the most exposure inside the fire scene.
It is an important standard operating procedure that firefighters should always decontaminate themselves prior to leaving the fire scene. 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. 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. The burning of certain materials release harmful chemicals that are invisible to the naked eye such as heavy metal oxides like hexavalent chromium which can be released from heating stainless steel, ceramics, anti-corrosion coatings, chrome and other industrial materials and another heavy metal oxide which is lead oxide which is released from burning household items, decorations, paint, carpets and etc. 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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