Infographic: 7 steps to clean firefighting turnout gear
Dirty turnout gear is dangerous - refer to this infographic to make sure yours is clean
We once saw dirty firefighting coats and pants as badges of honor. Now we know that soiled gear can be carcinogenic, spread communicable disease, absorb radiant heat, conduct electricity and can be flammable. In short, clean PPE can help you live longer.
NFPA 1851 says to evaluate gear after each use to determine the appropriate cleaning level. This includes instructions for routine cleanings at the scene and advanced cleaning at least once a year.
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