Fire fighters are at risk of being burned down by fire every time they assist to extinguish fires. This is because of lack of high quality fire fighting gear. Although they are well equipped with instruments and fire extinguishers to help them as long as they can establish the cause or source of fire, their clothing have not yet attained maximum thermal standards that will guarantee them adequate protection.
The performance of fire fighting apparel is measured in their potential to offer barrier against moisture, their outer shell and thermal liner. A perfect garment should be able to limit entry of water into the attire. Even so, in case moisture penetrates, it should still offer protection to its wearer. It is important that these clothes have reflective properties. Normally, their potential to reflect heat and light determine the level of security that a fire fighter can be proud of. Generally, dark colors absorb heat making it easy for the material to ignite and lead to the destruction of the garment and its wearer. In addition, the attire must be perfectly fitting.
Complexity in thermal measurements
Thermal measurements for their clothing systems are pretty complex due to the fact that it is pretty difficult to completely avoid movement of fabrics. In addition, the clothing is subject to compression and variation in spacing. In addition, the garment tends to grow weak with time. Above all, there is the tendency of moisture creeping in to the clothing when an individual is at work! This is one of the greatest challenges because in the apparel because 100% resistance against moisture penetration has not been achieved. In addition, the penetration tends to increase when the fabric is exposed to heat.
It is unfortunate that in their itinerary line of responsibility some fire fighters lost their lives. It is reported that the thermal measurements of their garments were pretty lower than the ideal thermal standards. Luckily, their lives will now be saved because it is possible to replicate most of the thermal exposures that these professionals are exposed to. The performance of the protective clothing can be weighed both in their wet and dry states and verified before they are sold.
Fire fighters turnout gear and its relevance
Fire fighters PPE range from clothing to the tools that they use! Generally, their clothing comprises of a jacket and a pair of pants making it a trio component ensemble that is professionally designed to offer protection to fighters against thermal and radiant exposure. In addition, they prevent them from unforeseen flashover situations, abrasion hazards ad puncture while preserving the standard levels of comfort and adroitness.
Individual alert safety systems
Once in a while, you might be trapped in structural fires that are likely to give rise to fatal injuries if not death. It is expected that you will be overcome by the smoke and fail to liaise with your colleagues. Luckily, the personal safety systems detect immobility and raise an alarm that also helps other personnel to detect you!
In conclusion, you should learn to protect yourself as a fire fighter in case your employer or boss fails to look at the critical aspects of your PPE. Along with a fire extinguisher, you should put on fitting reflective safety vests and individual alert safety systems. Also, ensure the thermal measurements of your clothing are verified to offer protection!
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