How to Clean Firefighter Equipment and Keep it Infection and Disease Free

You may not typically think of germs and disease when you think of firefighter gear, but the truth is that clean firefighter uniforms, equipment and gear can prevent many dangerous skin diseases and illnesses from spreading. We don’t think twice about a firefighter’s health when we consider the obvious occupational threats such as cancer, burns and illnesses from smoke inhalation, but over the past decade, new threats have emerged by way of MRSA and Staph infections.

Over the past decade, there have been reports of firefighters falling ill and in a few isolated cases, dying because of skin diseases that were found on their protective gear. When you stop to really think about it, this makes perfect sense. Firefighters are first responders to dangerous and life threatening situations. Sadly, we saw a perfect example of this during the first response of the 9/11 World Trade Center tragedy. These situations often include floods, blood, sewage and a plethora of other dangerous fluids and let’s face it, firefighters are tough and instinctual. The nature of their job requires them to act fast and most often in the face of grave danger. Having safe and clean uniforms is an absolute must, not a luxury.

The very core of a firefighter’s job is dealing with danger and over the past decade there has been a 40% increase in the number of Staph cases among fire and rescue workers. It is estimated that roughly 30% of the country’s otherwise healthy population carry the Staphylococcus bacterial in their nose. All it takes is one transfer to a promising host (open wound or weakened immune system) to spread the disease.

Not only are firefighters faced with Community Acquired MRSA (CA-MRSA), but they are also vulnerable to hospital acquired MRSA since they spend a good deal of their time shuffling in between. What’s more is that their uniforms are not designed to withstand bleach and chlorine treatments, so these disinfecting options are not feasible.

The good news is that Clear Gear Disinfectant Sports Spray is water based, bleach free and free of harmful chemical or ingredients making it perfectly safe for regular and continued use among firefighters as well as just about everyone else.

Because Clear Gear Disinfectant Sports Spray understand the danger these men and women face everyday, we are proud to protect the following fire departments from dangerous infections and bacteria:

-Newark, NJ Fire Department

-West Orange, NJ Fire Department

-Paterson, NJ Fire Department

At Clear Gear, we always stress that prevention is the best medicine and these tips can help not only firefighters, but everyone else stay healthy and disease free:

-Wash your hands with antibacterial soap regularly 

-Avoid shaking hands or skin on skin contact until you know your hands have been properly cleaned

-Wash and dry sweaty or damp uniforms, sock and gloves immediately after each use

-Soak bulkier or more soiled uniforms and clothing in Clear Gear Disinfectant Sports Spray gallon size treatment     

-Avoid sharing firefighter uniforms, gear or towels

-Air drying is NEVER enough. Get into the habit or regularly spraying down your uniforms and allowing them to fully dry before the next use

-Never eat or drink anything until you have properly cleaned yourself and / or your hands