5 Steps to Firefighter Turnout Gear Decontamination


Firefighting is dangerous for obvious reasons, but one of the less obvious risks is exposure to harmful carcinogens. Decontamination on the Fireground of turnout gear and equipment is critical for protecting firefighting professionals from unnecessary exposure to dangerous chemicals. Because of this, turnout gear decontamination should be part of regular training to the extent that it becomes second nature.

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Evaluating the Residual Value of a Chemical Disinfectant

The global pandemic has caused a dramatic increase in the use of chemical disinfectants and unfortunately, some of these include claims of residual efficacy against viruses. Many of these claims are false, and although EPA will pursue false claims, it can take time. In the meantime, it’s up to consumers and commercial disinfectant users to educate themselves about potentially false claims. 

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[Infographic] Decon7 and Coronavirus by the Numbers

Are your facilities safe against coronavirus? As the virus continues to spread throughout the world, it is more important than ever to understand the science behind it, how it spreads, and the disinfectants available to keep your employees and facilities safe.

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How to Reduce Fireground Contamination Exposure

Firefighters risk their lives to protect others, but many people don’t realize that flames and smoke are not the only threats to their health and safety. During and after battling a blaze, firefighters can be exposed to harmful carcinogens that can have lasting health effects if not handled appropriately.

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[Infographic] The Evolution of D7

D7 is a patented chemical disinfectant, sanitizer, and cleaning solution that’s currently used in the food and biosecurity industries, but it wasn’t invented with those applications in mind. Like so many other products that were born from tragedy—vulcanized rubber shoe soles, the wind-up radio, and the airbag, to name a few—D7 was invented in response to a Japanese terror incident. 

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Featured Product: The D7 Foam Cannon

Effective plant sanitation depends on a number of factors, such as the chemicals being used, application equipment, and trained crews who properly use the chemicals and equipment together. No matter what chemicals you are using, if they are not correctly applied by a trained professional, they won’t be effective.

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The Power of Foam

Foam is quickly becoming the tool of choice for  decontamination and sanitizing operations around the world.

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Infographic: How D7 Works

The health risks associated with the most common foodborne pathogens are quite serious, and no company wants to be responsible for causing illness or death. When there is an outbreak of bacteria such as Salmonella, E. coli, or Listeria in a food processing facility, the financial implications can be disastrous for both consumers and food producers. 

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How D7 Chemistry Works Against Common Food Processing Bacteria

A range of sanitizing chemicals can be used in a food processing environment: hydrogen peroxide, quaternary ammonium disinfectants, aldehydes, and more. Though all of them are required to deliver a minimum level of efficacy, not all of them offer the same benefits.

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7 Things to Expect from an Onsite Visit from Decon7

The USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service and the FDA may be the regulatory agencies responsible for ensuring a safe food supply, but it ultimately comes down to the practices of individual companies. Having systems in place for daily sanitation, using products that effectively remove biofilms, and training personnel on safe food handling and sanitation practices are all important steps. 

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