Unfortunately, there are many job-related risks and exposures that come with being a firefighter, and one of those is a potential increase in cancer risks. In fact, one study done by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) showed a 9% increase in cancer diagnoses among firefighters, and a 14% increase in cancer-related deaths compared to the general U.S. population.
Firefighters can be exposed to an array of contaminants, which can collect on turnout gear and then cross-contaminate anything it comes in contact with, including you. That is why cleaning your turnout gear is critical after every use.
That being said, there are a variety of tools and supplies that can be kept on hand and used to help negate the risks of exposure to contaminants. Create your own firefighter cancer prevention kit by stocking up on decontamination wipes and sprays, particulate barrier hoods and nitrile, powder-free gloves. We also stock Wildland goggles with face padding for extra protection. And your firefighter cancer prevention kit isn’t complete without one of our gear bags to conveniently store your tools and supplies.
And for more information on how to shop for fire helmets and hoods, be sure to read our article, The Buyer’s Guide to Fire Helmets & Hoods.
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