Posted by Nick Hrkman | Care and Usage, Fire and Rescue, PPE
Friday, January 18th, 2013 9:01 am

Fire Academy Fridays: Importance of gear maintenance

Your gear takes care of you so why not take care of your gear? Here are some helpful tips from LION TotalCare to keep your gear in shape.

High-tech protection means keeping your PPE tuned ready

It’s not like any other clothing you’ll ever wear. But then, it’s asked to do more than any thing you’ll ever wear. All PPE elements are made from high tech fabrics that require special care. You have to treat it more like a high-performance car than a coat and pair of pants.

It’s a dirty job and dirty gear is dangerous

Did you know soiled gear can pose a health risk to firefighters? Smoke deposits and condensed residue can be trapped in fibers of dirty gear exposing firefighters to cancer causing chemicals. Grimy gear is also less protective as it reflects less radiant heat and is more likely to conduct electricity. Additionally everyday chemicals can weaken fabrics and cause damage that reduces the usable safe life of gear. Clean gear is safe gear.

Inspect, detect, correct

To keep it operating at optimum levels of protection, your PPE should get a routine inspection each time you report for duty and after each incident. Performing a routine inspection of your PPE is your responsibility. It’s also easy, and takes less than 10 minutes.

Let’s fix you up

Sending your gear for repairs when it is damaged is critical for your safety (and your wallet).  Unattended damage can worsen until PPE cannot be restored to a safe condition.  With regular repairs you can keep PPE in serviceable condition, extending its life.

You can read more about PPE maintenance and inspection and then take quizzes to test your knowledge on lionfireacademy.com.

One Response to “Fire Academy Fridays: Importance of gear maintenance”

  1. Why is personal protective equipment (PPE) important? We all know the answer, right? All together now: “Because it protects workers from injury!” While this may be true, it’s also true that in the real world, safety professionals are still struggling to get this message across – and make it stick. Unfortunately, expressions like “Wear your PPE because it says so in the safety rule book” just don’t hold up as convincing arguments, especially in front of a group of tough customers – like maybe your co-workers for instance. So what does work?