Advanced Cleaning- Structural Helmets
How often should structural firefighting helmets receive an Advanced Cleaning?
When the visual appearance of the helmet becomes unsightly.
At least every 12 months or as soon as possible after contamination or exposure to smoke, blood or body fluids, or hazardous substances.
At the time of their annual Advanced Inspection, if the helmet has not received an Advanced Cleaning in the previous 12 months, or if they meet your fire department’s definition of “soiled” or are contaminated or exposed to blood, bodily fluids, tars, fuels, oils, resins, paints or acids.
Only after contamination or exposure to smoke, blood or body fluids, or hazardous substances.
According to NFPA 1851, who can perform Advanced Cleaning on Structural Fire Helmets?
Only the manufacturer
Any officer in the department
Trained fire department personnel or a verified ISP
Small amounts of chlorine bleach can be used to remove soiling if applied with cold water.
Cleaning solutions should have what pH range?
No less than 7.5 and no more than 15.0
No less than 4.5 and no more than 8.0
No less than 7.5 and no more than 10.0
No less than 6.0 and no more than 10.5
Wash temperature should not exceed:
110 degrees Fahrenheit
98.6 degrees Fahrenheit
105 degrees Fahrenheit
90 degrees Fahrenheit
The following should be removed from the helmet shell and washed individually:
Eye protection only.
Eye protection and ear and neck protectors only.
No disassembly is required.
Eye protection, chin strap, headband cover, ear and neck protector and leather shield. If removable, headband and suspension assemblies should also be washed individually.
For best results, wash headband covers and ear and neck protectors in a front-loading washer using NFPA guidelines for water temperature and cleaning solution pH levels.
The proper method for drying helmet components is to:
Dry excess water off with a clean towel and hang helmet components in shaded area that receives good cross ventilation.
Dry with a clean towel
Place in dryer on tumble dry cycle
Place in dryer on gentle cycle
Only a verified ISP should attempt to decontaminate structural firefighting garments.
Helmets contaminated by CBRN terrorism agents must be retired after confirmed exposure
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