Structural PPE Safety and Training
Chapter 11: Storage
Avoid storing structural fire fighting coats and pants (and other PPE) in direct and indirect light; what happens after 2 weeks of exposure?
The fabric will become brittle
2 weeks is not enough exposure time to affect fabric
The fabric begins to pill
The fabric begins to fade
Damage from light exposure cannot be repaired:
What conditions are suitable for your PPE storage area?
Bright & clean with good air flow
Dry, unventilated and shaded
Air tight containers are best
Dry, ventilated and shaded
What are unsuitable conditions for PPE storage?
With sharp objects
With oils, solvents, and acids
With personal belongings
All of the above
What happens when you store wet PPE?
It dries unevenly; therefore damp patches may remain
Fabric becomes brittle
Can promote mold and bacteria
It leaves permanent creases wherever there is a fold
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