Structural PPE Safety and Training
Chapter 4: Routine Inspection
When should you perform a routine inspection of your structural fire fighting PPE?
Once a year
Only necessary if you notice protection has diminished
Only necessary when exterior damage is visible
When you come on duty and after each call
What are some of the things you evaluate during a routine inspection of structural fire fighting coats and pants?
Rips, tears and cuts
Damaged or missing retroreflective and fluorescent trim
All of the above
How would you check your structural fire fighting pants during routine inspection to ensure the correct size liner is attached to the outer shell?
Don the pant and see how it feels
Check the label to ensure the liner is the same size as the outer shell
Separate the liner from the outer shell; lay on the ground and visibly compare the size
Separate the liner from the outer shell; measure the waist and length of each piece to verify size
Why should you unsnap the liner from the shell at the bottom of coats during routine inspection?
To inspect the visible side of the liner for discoloration
To inspect the visible side of the liner for discoloration and to check that the DRD is properly installed
To check that the DRD is properly installed
To inspect the moisture barrier for leakage
What high-stress area on the pants requires particular attention during a routine inspection?
What should happen if you find damage to your PPE during a routine inspection?
It depends on the extent of the damage; minor damage can be ignored
The item should be taken out of service and destroyed
It depends on the extent of the damage; minor damage can be ignored but you must keep an eye on significant damage to ensure it doesn’t get worse
The item should be taken out of service so it can be inspected by a trained person or verified ISP
How would you check for liner pull out during a routine inspection of your structural fire fighting gloves?
Turn the gloves inside out
Don and doff the gloves
Check the seams to make sure the liner is sewn in
Pull the opening as wide as possible and look inside
What are you inspecting when looking for bubbling, cracks, soft spots and warping?
Outer shell for any element
Moisture barrier for any element
What part of the helmet is inspected similarly to the outer shells of coats and pants?
Why is it important to check for dirt and soiling while performing routine inspection?
Dirt and soiling are visual indicators of how hard you work; therefore you don’t want your PPE to be too clean
Dirt and soiling can hide damage; therefore you may need to clean your PPE before inspecting it
Dirt and soiling are a natural part of the job; therefore it would be difficult to inspect PPE without noticing it
None of the above
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