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How can you help prevent cancer in firefighters?

firefighter cancer

When it comes to firefighters and cancer, follow these 11 tips to help protect yourself:


  1. Use SCBA from initial attack to finish of overhaul. (Not wearing SCBA in both active and post fire environments is the most dangerous voluntary activity in the fire service today.)
  2. Do gross field decon of personal protective equipment (PPE) to remove as much soot and particulates as possible.
  3. Use wet-wipes or baby wipes to remove as much soot as possible from head, neck, jaw, throat, under arms and hands immediately and while still on the scene.
  4. Change your clothes and wash them immediately after a fire.
  5. Shower thoroughly after a fire.
  6. Clean your PPE, gloves, hood and helmet immediately after a fire.
  7. Do not take contaminated clothes or PPE home or store it in your vehicle.
  8. Decon fire apparatus interior after fires.
  9. Keep bunker gear out of living and sleeping quarters.
  10. Stop using tobacco products.
  11. Use sunscreen or sun block

The importance of annual medical examinations cannot be overstated – early detection and early treatment are essential to increasing survival.

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