The NFPA stresses the importance of PPE selection, care, and maintenance. With their guidance, you can optimize your PPE's protection and extend its longevity. Before you learn proper techniques of cleaning your gear to the NFPA 1851 standard, you must understand the importance. Here are 5 reasons why you should clean your PPE regularly.

5 Reasons to Regularly Clean Your PPE 

  1. PPE heavily contaminated with hydrocarbons are more likely to conduct electricity
  2. Oil, grease, and hydrocarbon deposits from smoke could cause PPE to ignite
  3. Reflective trim may become less visible
  4. Prolonged exposure to certain chemicals may weaken turnout fabrics
  5. It is a preventative measure to reduce contaminant absorption riskNFPA

NFPA 1851 Educational & How To Videos

NFPA 1851 2020 Edition Updates

Bob Keys, retired FDNY Battalion Chief discusses NPFA 1851 2020 changes with Gear Wash Founder, Andy Oliver. 

Routine Inspection: Gloves

As a firefighter, you use your gloves every day. Make sure they are providing you with complete protection by conducting these 6 inspection points, per NFPA 1851 recommendations.

Advanced Inspection: Gloves

Learn how to check the water integrity of your structural firefighting gloves, per NFPA 1851 guidelines.

Advanced Cleaning: Gloves

Check out our step by step guide on how to properly preform an advanced cleaning of your structural firefighting gloves, per NFPA 1851 recommendations.

Advanced Cleaning: Turnouts

Learn step by step how to perform Advanced Cleaning (per NFPA 1851 standards) on your turnout gear.

Routine Inspection: Footwear

Making sure your firefighter PPE is in good shape so it can protect you, is crucial. Learn 6 steps on conducting a routine inspection for your structural firefighting boots per NFPA 1851 recommendations.

Advanced Cleaning: Footwear

Learn how to preform an Advanced Cleaning on your structural firefighting boots, per NFPA 1851 guidelines.

Routine Inspection: H41 Particulate Blocking Hoods

Particulate blocking hoods reduce your exposure and absorption of potentially harmful carcinogens. Extend the lifecycle of your hood and optimize its protection with these quick inspection recommendations.