Proximity Gear Cleaning Procedures
NFPA 1851, 2008 edition
Each firefighter should perform a cleaning on their protective clothing after each use.
Refer to the manufacturer's instructions if available.
Universal precautions should be followed until it is confirmed that the garment is safe to handle.
Routine Cleaning is not required to be documented.
At the emergency scene:
- Where possible, cleaning shall be initiated at the emergency scene by gently wiping away contaminants. If it is necessary to also rinse the element, use very low pressure.
At the fire department:
- Separate shell from thermal liner to prevent cross contamination.
- Do not machine wash proximity outer shells.
- Where necessary, a soft cloth shall be used to gently scrub, and the element rinsed.
- If initial washing fails to render the element clean, repeat as necessary, using the following procedures:
- Use a mild soap with a pH range of not less than 6.0 pH and not greater than 8.0 pH as indicated on the product MSDS original product container.
- Chlorine bleach, chlorinated solvents, active ingredient cleaning agents, or solvents shall not be used without the element manufacturer's approval.
- Water temperature shall not exceed 105°.
- The element shall be gently scrubbed using a soft cloth.
- Check effectiveness of cleaning via Soil Transfer Test.
- Proximity shells shall be dried in a well ventilated area — never machine dried. Liner systems can be machine dried on a "low" or "no heat" setting. It is important the basket temperature does not rise above 105°F.