It’s no secret that firefighting is one of the most dangerous occupations in the world. Men and women put their lives at risk everyday to help others. It’s not only fires that firefighters protect from, it can be any emergency type situation: car accident, chemical spills, trapped victims and even injured animals. The list is endless. Some of the risks are more obvious than others. Firefighters are at a naturally higher risk of acquiring many cancers including testicular cancer, prostrate cancer, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and multiple myeloma. They are considerably more exposed to dangerous carcinogenic chemicals and the exhaust from their powerful diesel engines alone has been to blame for many other ailments and illnesses. Soot, chloroform, benzene, formaldehyde and styrene all pose very real risks.
Unfortunately, those aren’t the only risks firefighters face each day. Because their job requires them to have close contact with the public, firefighters are commonly in contact with blood, saliva, germs and bacteria. Some of the bacteria are responsible for skin infections like Staph and MRSA as well as a host of other viruses and contagious diseases. Because of this, it’s imperative that firefighters keep themselves, their fire engines and their firehouses clean, disinfected and germ and disease free.
This is a task that is sometimes easier said than done. Firefighters are busy and it isn’t always realistic or convenient to take time out to do a few power hours of cleaning and most firehouses don’t have the resources to employ full time cleaning crews. The good news is that by regularly treating their uniforms, helmets, boots, trucks, kitchen, bathrooms and any other living spaces with Clear Gear Disinfectant Sports Spray, firefighters can make sure that they kill germs, viruses and bacteria that can cause nasty and contagious infections.
Here are a few helpful tips that can hinder the spread of many illnesses and diseases: