Why Fire Departments Should Consider Particulate Barrier Hoods

1.     FIREFIGHTERS ARE 9% MORE LIKELY THAN THE GENERAL PUBLIC TO BE DIAGNOSED WITH CANCER. ­­­

Research presented by the Firefighter Cancer Support Network clearly illustrates that soot and smoke absorption into the highly-permeable skin around the jaw-line and neck is as high of a concern as toxins being inhaled into the lungs. As such, the use of a particulate barrier hood has become a necessity.

2.     A CLASSIC KNIT, 2-LAYER FIRE HOOD BLOCKS ONLY A SMALL PERCENTAGE OF HARMFUL PARTICULATES.

While classic knit hoods offer flame-resistant properties, the FAST Test Report demonstrates how they have limited to no protection against toxic particles.

3.     PARTICULATE BARRIER HOODS CAN HELP SHIELD UP TO 99% OF THESE CONTAMINANTS.

Particulate barrier hoods act as a filter to reduce firefighters’ exposure to persistent fireground carcinogens and other contaminants. This technology can block particulates at 0.2 micron in size or larger. For perspective, there are 25,400 microns in one inch and a human hair is about 75-100 microns wide, so a 0.2 micron particulate is about 500x smaller than a strand of hair. 

4.     Your gear is among one of the few elements you can control.

There are a lot of unpredictable elements when racing into a fire. Fortunately, there is one thing you can control: your gear! So, why not take the time to do the research and find the right solution for you- the one that can keep you and your crew safest on the fireground and for years after. Fire-Dex offers a particulate barrier hoods, the H41 Interceptor™, which offers defense against carcinogenic particles after multiple washes.

5.     PARTICULATE BARRIER HOODS ARE CERTIFIED TO THE NFPA 1971 STANDARD FOR YOUR PROTECTION.

The NFPA 1971 2018 edition requires specific testing for particulate barrier hoods, including a TPP/THL threshold. Results must reach 90% filtration efficiency and 51lbs of tear strength for certification.

The H41 Interceptor™ from Fire-Dex meets these requirements and is available separately or as part of the Interceptor Package™- your ultimate system for defense against the 2 leading causes of firefighter occupational deaths: heat stress and cancer.

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