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Flashover Survival

08/21/2008
By George H. PotterWhy are many firefighter turnouts colored black? Mostly to hide the soot and grime accumulated over a period of time from responding to all kinds of fires.The principal problem with this accumulation of fine particles of unburned or decomposed fuel residues is they can ignite when exposed to the extreme temperatures encountered in imminent flashover conditions and in the midst of the accumulated fire gases that fuel the flashover, further reducing the user's chances for survival.Lighter colored gear shows far too plainly whether the users have been in working fire situations. Laundering cleans most gear to generally acceptable levels.This is just one of the many conside...

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