Advanced Inspection and Cleaning - Protective Footwear
The purpose of an Advanced Inspection is to determine if your protective footwear is fit for duty, in need of repair or must be retired.
An Advanced Inspection on your protective footwear should be performed:
Every time you report for duty
Every three years or whenever your Routine Inspection indicates there’s a problem.
Every two years or whenever your Routine Inspection indicates there’s a problem.
A minimum of once a year or whenever your Routine Inspection indicates there’s a problem.
An Advanced Inspection on your protective footwear must be performed by:
Trained departmental personnel, the manufacturer or a Verified Independent Service Provider (ISP)
Any fire fighter
An Advanced Cleaning must be performed every 12 months or at the time of the protective footwear’s annual inspection.
All findings from an Advanced Inspection should be:
Discussed in an open and trusting environment with the individual fire fighter
Laminated and hung in the individual fire fighter’s locker
Documented on an inspection form and kept on file with your department
No paper work is necessary
Protective footwear must be clean before performing an Advanced Inspection.
When inspecting the outside of your boot, you should look for:
Gashes longer than 10mm
Unsightly scuffing of the heel and toe
Cuts, tears and punctures; thermal damage, exposed or deformed steel toes, midsoles or shank; seam integrity and broken stitches; and de-lamination.
When inspecting the inside of your boot, you should look for:
Damage to the liner, such as tearing, thin spots,
Separation from the outer layer
Heel counter failure and loss of water resistance.
All of above
When cleaning severely-soiled boots, use:
A common household solvent such as lighter fluid
A 75/25 mixture of tap water and bleach
To dry boots:
Set them outside in the sun for two hours
Use a hair dryer
Set them six inches from a space-heater set to high
Air-dry on a rack in a well-ventilated room away from sunlight.
Lion Group, Inc.
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